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Jennifer Jolly-Ryan


Jennifer Jolly-Ryan
Professor of Legal Writing

"Chase students excel. As a legal writing and trial advocacy professor at Chase, I get to work closely with my students, so I know they have what it takes. Chase students become accomplished lawyers, judges, and community leaders. I am proud to watch my students' many successes and be a part of Chase's long tradition of training leaders."


Professor Jolly-Ryan teaches Basic Legal Skills, and Trial Advocacy. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Northern Kentucky University and her Juris Doctor from the Chase College of Law.

Professor Jolly-Ryan joined academia after private practice and a judicial clerkship with the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio, Western Division. She is a member of the Ohio, Kentucky, and Northern Kentucky Bar Associations.

Professor Jolly-Ryan is a former commissioner for the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights. She has published a number of articles about discrimination law and legal writing.



  • BA, Northern Kentucky University
  • JD, Chase College of Law

Courses Taught

  • Advanced Appellate Advocacy
  • Basic Legal Skills - Writing
  • Introduction to Legal Studies
  • The Practice: Appellate and Trial Advocacy


"Virtual Collaboration and Feedback to Legal Writers," KBA Bench & Bar magazine (September/October 2020)

"Great Quotations in a Torts Case: Distinguishing Lightning Bugs from Lightning," KBA Bench & Bar magazine (March/April 2020)

“Who’s on First? Pronoun Overuse and Misuse,” KBA Bench & Bar magazine (September/October 2019)

“Are Your Topic Sentences Doing Their Job?” KBA Bench & Bar magazine (March/April 2019)

“Tips for Concise Writing," KBA Bench & Bar magazine (September/October 2018)

Balancing Interests and Risk of Error:  What Quarantine Process Is Due After Ebolamania? 96 Neb. L. Rev. 1 (2017)

Top it Off, Kentucky Bench & Bar (March 2015)

Repairing Damaged Goods: Federal and State Legislation Prohibiting Employers from Making Current Employment a Job Requirement, 14 Rutgers Race & L. Rev. 54 (2013)

Bridging the Law School Learning Gap through Universal Design, 28 Touro L. Rev. 1393 (2012)

The Last Taboo: Breaking Law Students with Mental Illnesses and Disabilities Out of the Stigma Straitjacket, 79 UMKC L. Rev. 123 (2010) Hein Online 

Promoting Mental Health in Law School: What Law Schools Can Do for Law Students to Help Them Become Happy, Mentally Healthy Lawyers, 48 U. Louisville L. Rev. 95 (2009) Hein Online  

Teed off About Private Club Discrimination on the Taxpayers' Dime: Tax Exemptions and Other Government Privileges to Discriminatory Private Clubs , 13 Wm. & Mary J. Women & L. 235 (2007) SSRN  

The Fable of the Timed and Flagged LSAT: Do Law School Admissions Committees Want the Tortoise or the Hare?, 38 Cumb. L. Rev. 33 (2007) Hein Online  SSRN     

Disabilities to Exceptional Abilities: Law Students with Disabilities, Nontraditional Learners, and the Law Teacher as a Learner, 6 U. Nev. L.J. 116 (2005) Hein Online

Coordinating a Legal Writing Program With the Help of a Course Webpage: Help for Reluctant Leaders and the Technologically-Challenged Professor, 22 Quinnipiac L. Rev. 479 (2004)    

Strengthening Hate Crime Laws in Kentucky, 88 Ky. L. J. 63 (2000) Hein Online  

Chipping Away At Discrimination at the Country Club, 25 Pepp. L. Rev. 495 (1998) Hein Online  

Fair Housing Act: The Fair Housing Act's Protection Based Upon Familial Status, 15 Preventive Law Reporter 18 (1997)

A Real Estate Professional's and Attorneys' guide to the Fair Housing Law's Recent Inclusion of Familial Status as a Protected Class, 28 Creighton Law Rev 1143 (1995) Hein Online  

Avoiding Housing Discrimination by Real Estate Professionals, 10 Real Est. Fin. J. 5 (Spring 1995)

Back to the Future; The Application of the 1991 Civil Rights Act to Pre-Existing Claims, 44 Merc. L. Rev. 911 (1993) Hein Online  

Kentucky Worker's Compensation Act, Dinsmore & Shohl Newsl. (1990)

Strict Liability and the Tortious Failure to Warn, 11 N. Ky L. Rev. 409 (1984) Hein Online

Speaking Engagements and Recognitions

Presenter, “Power up Your Administrative Decision Writing: Top it Off with Effective Topic Sentences and Clarity” at a training course for administrative hearing officers sponsored by the Kentucky Office of the Attorney General -- Administrative Hearings Branch in Frankfort, Kentucky (June 12, 2015). 

Co-presenter, “Teaching Students with Disabilities: Heart, Soul, Duty” at the Association of Legal Writing Director’s Conference in Memphis, Tennessee (June 5, 2015) (with Professor Terry Jean Seligmann, Drexel University School of Law, Professor and Dean Emeritus Kevin H. Smith, University of Memphis School of Law, and Professor Suzanne Rowe, University of Oregon School of Law)  

Presenter, Taming the Grammar Monster in the Evolving Legal Writing Classroom (with Professor Phillip Sparkes), Legal Writing Institute Workshop, University of Kentucky School of Law, Lexington, KY (December 2013)