Kelly Browe Olson is the Director of Clinical Programs and an Associate Professor of Law. She oversees the mediation, litigation, tax and consumer protection clinics, and state-wide Special Education and Dependency/Neglect mediation projects . In addition to teaching the Mediation Clinic, she has also taught Family Law, Mediation Seminars, ADR, and Domestic Violence courses. She helped create the U.A.L.R. Graduate Certificate Program in Conflict Mediation. She is a passionate advocate who focuses on educating law students, judges, lawyers, and other professionals on conflict resolution and communication.
Kelly is currently serving as chair for the American Bar Association Section on Dispute Resolution 2015 conference and on the executive board of the AALS ADR Section and the Arkansas Conflict Resolution Association. She has also served on numerous boards and committees for the Arkansas Administrative Office of the Courts’ Court Improvement Project; the Arkansas Alternative Dispute Resolution Commission; the Arkansas Access to Justice Commission; Arkansas Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Arkansas Women’s Leadership Forum. Nationally she has been a resource for the American Bar Association Section on Dispute Resolution, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, the Family Court Review and the National Child Welfare Decision-making Network. She won the Bowen School of Law Faculty Excellence Award for Public Service in 2004 and 2013.
Kelly is a frequent national and international speaker and trainer on communication, mediation, domestic violence and children’s legal issues. Before coming to Bowen, she was the Child Law Mediation Projects Coordinator at the Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where she taught clinical and ADR courses, had a graduate fellowship and served as a Senior Editor of the Loyola Children’s Rights Journal. Before graduate school, Professor Browe Olson spent three years working as an attorney and General Counsel at a small telecommunications company. She received her J.D. from the University of Michigan and an LL.M. in Child Law at Loyola.