Jennifer Kinsley

Jennifer Kinsley

Jennifer Kinsley
Assistant Professor of Law
Field Placement Program Director

Assistant Professor of Law
Field Placement Program Director

"I have always operated from the belief that law is a service profession. We learn by doing, and we grow by giving. The externship program offers Chase students the opportunity to not only put law in motion, but also to serve clients, community, and the profession as a whole. I'm proud to be a part of an institution that values helping others."


Jennifer M. Kinsley has joined the Chase faculty as Assistant Professor of Law and Director of the Field Placement/Externship Program after a decade as an adjunct professor of law at the University of Cincinnati. Prior to joining Chase, she was the managing partner of Cincinnati-based Sirkin Kinsley, Co. LPA and was also previously a partner in the boutique firm Sirkin Pinales & Schwartz LLP. Her practice was concentrated in fighting governmental abuse of civil and constitutional rights and included First Amendment law, civil rights, criminal defense, and death penalty habeas. Prof. Kinsley also previously served as a public defender, where she primarily handled juvenile delinquency cases.

Prof. Kinsley was named a Rising Star by SuperLawyers on four occasions and has also been listed in Best Lawyers in America for her First Amendment work. She recently served as the President and National Chair of the First Amendment Lawyers Association and is an active lecturer with the Ohio and Greater Cincinnati Associations of Criminal Defense Lawyers. She is admitted to practice in Ohio, Florida, the United States Supreme Court, and numerous federal circuit and district courts across the country.

Prof. Kinsley is also an avid marathon runner, college sports fan, and community volunteer. She was previously president of the Board of Directors for Contemporary Dance Theater in Cincinnati and frequently volunteers her time at the Ronald McDonald House, the Interfaith Hospitality Network, and the Ohio Justice and Policy Center.

Prof. Kinsley obtained her undergraduate degree in English from the University of Florida, where she graduated with highest honors and Phi Beta Kappa. She received her law degree from the Duke University School of Law.



  • BA English, University of Florida
  • JD, Duke University School of Law

Courses Taught

  • Civil Procedure I and II
  • Advanced Field Placement Clinic
  • Field Placement Clinic
  • Semester in Practice Program
  • Field Placement Seminar
  • Trial Advocacy


First Amendment Sexual Privacy: Adult Sexting and Federal Age-Verification Legislation, N.M. L. Rev. (forthcoming) SSRN

Amicus curiae brief to the United States Supreme Court on behalf of the First Amendment Lawyers Association in Susan B. Anthony List v. Driehaus, No. 13-193 (March 2014)

Sexual Privacy in the Internet Age:  How Substantive Due Process Protects Online Obscenity, 16 Vand. J. Ent. & Tech. L. 103 (2013) SSRN

“When Vanishing Photos Become Vanishing Evidence: Legal Questions Raised by the Snapchat Smartphone App,” Lex Loci (Northern Kentucky Bar Association) (June 2013)

Amicus curiae brief to the United States Supreme Court On behalf of the First Amendment Lawyers Association in United States v. Jones, 132 S.Ct. 945 (Jan. 23, 2012)

Speaking Engagements and Recognitions

Interviewed by WKRC Channel 12 in a story about First Amendment rights, “Tank Owner Arrested at Cruise-In” (October 15, 2014).

Guest Lecturer, The Sociology of Surveillance, NKU Department of Sociology (September 30, 2014).

Selected for inclusion in, The Best Lawyers in America, First Amendment Law (2015 ed.)

The Private First Amendment, Developing Ideas Conference, University of Kentucky College of Law, Lexington, Kentucky (May 2014)

Challenges and Benefits of Distance Learning in Experiential Placements Panel Presentation, Externships 7 Conference, University of Denver Law School, Denver, Colorado (February 2014)

2257 and Personal Privacy, First Amdendment Lawyers Association Winter Meeting, Honolulu, Hawaii (February 2014)

United States Supreme Court and Ohio Supreme Court Case Law Update, Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Annual Seminar, University of Cincinnati College of Law, Cincinnati, OH (January 2005-07, 2009-14)

2013 Supreme Court Case Law Update, Lawyers Club of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH (January 2014)

Quoted in, Carden ‘Gets the Art of the Possible:’ Ethics Probe, Residency, Lack of Other Candidates Raise Concerns for Some, Cincinnati Enquirer, (December 3, 2013)

Selected for Best Lawyers in America, First Amendment (2014 ed.)

Private Communication or Federal Crime?: Adult Sexting and Federal Age-Verification Legislation, NKU Chase College of Law Faculty Workshop (September 2013)

Civil Liberties & National Security: Is It Possible To Have Both?, Democracy Square Live! Presentation, NKU Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement (April 2013)

American Protection of Online Expression, Justice Academy of Turkey, Ankara, Turkey (March 2013)

The Occupy Wall Street Movement and its Implications on Free Speech in America, Ankara University Law Faculty
Ankara, Turkey (March 2013)

Hate Crimes, Social Media & Justice, Panel Presentation, NKU College of Informatics/Chase Law + Informatics Institute
(November 2012)