Texas Tech University

Kyle C. Velte

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Visiting Assistant Professor

Prior to joining the faculty at Texas Tech, Kyle Velte was an Assistant Professor of the Practice in the Legal Externship Program at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, focusing on private firm and judicial placements. She also taught Civil Procedure, Conflicts of Law, and Sexual Orientation & the Law. Professor Velte holds an LL.M. from Harvard Law School and a law degree from American University. While at American University, she was on the editorial board of the American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law, and received several significant awards, especially for her work in the area of civil rights and public interest law. Her undergraduate degree is from Hamilton College.

Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Denver, Professor Velte practiced complex commercial litigation at the Denver law firm of Reilly Pozner LLP. Before entering private practice, she completed two judicial clerkships with Justice Alex Martinez of the Colorado Supreme Court and for the Honorable Roxanne Bailin of the 20th Judicial District of Colorado. In these clerkships, she gained valuable research and writing experience as well as exposure to diverse areas of civil and criminal law. Kyle’s publications include: All Fall Down: A Comprehensive Approach to Defeating the Religious Right’s Challenge to Anti-Discrimination Statutes, 49 Conn. L. Rev. 1 (forthcoming, Fall 2016); A Tale of Two Outcomes: Justice Found and List for Colorado’s Schoolchildren, 12 Legal Comm. & Rhetoric: JALWD 115 (2015); So You Want to Have a Second Child? Second Child Bias and the Justification Suppression Model of Prejudice in Family Responsibilities Discrimination, 61 Buffalo Law Review 909 (2013); Toward Constitutional Recognition of the Lesbian-Headed Family, 26 New York University Review of Law and Social Change 245 (2001); and Paths to Protection: A Comparison of Federal Protection Based on Disability and Sexual Orientation, 6 William & Mary Journal of Women & the Law 323 (2000).

Professor Velte’s presentation appearances include Fueling the Terrorist Fires: How Discrimination Against LGBT Americans in the Name of Religious Liberty Threatens National Security, National LGBT Bar Association Lavender Law Conference, (2016); Obergefell and Indian Nations, Indian Nations and Indigenous Peoples Section, AALS Annual Conference (2016); Caregiving and Parenthood 2014, University of Denver Law Review Symposium: Revisiting Sex: Gender & Sex Discrimination Fifty Years After the Civil Rights Act (2014); This Case Begins with the Constitution, and Ends with Our Children: Storytelling in School Finance Litigation, Applied Legal Storytelling Conference, London, England, (2013); and Theory Meets Practice: A Conversation Among Litigators Representing Lesbian and Gay Parents and Academics Who Write About Their Legal Issues, Washington College of Law (2003).

Professor Velte is the immediate past President of the Colorado GLBT Bar Association and is a member of the Colorado Women’s Bar Association. She also has served as a member of the Colorado Chief Justice’s Commission on the Professional Development, as a member of the Judicial Performance Commission for the Second Judicial District (Denver), and as a board member for the Colorado Judicial Institute.

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