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Kenyatta Hurd


Kenyatta Hurd

Associate Professor of Clinical Law


JD, Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Northern Kentucky University
BS, University of Cincinnati

Areas of Interest

  • Family Law

Professor Hurd is director of the Domestic Violence Civil Protection Order Clinic, a collaboration with the Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati.  Professor Hurd directs the training and coaching of clinic participants from initial interview through trial. This includes case assessment, analysis, and application of doctrinal learning to real life practice.  She also teaches law students in all aspects of professional legal skills in the domestic violence context, including client counseling, interviewing techniques, litigation skills, evidence introduction, direct/cross examinations, and opening/closing statements.

Professor Hurd is a frequent speaker on domestic violence issues, including presentations on stalking, criminal and civil protection orders, assistance available to domestic violence survivors, and the dynamics of domestic violence.  She also led a campaign to have a resolution passed by the City of Cincinnati to declare freedom from domestic violence a fundamental human right (the first city to do so) and has advised other law schools on how to have a similar resolution passed in their cities.

Professor Hurd began her legal career as an attorney for the Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati, representing low income individuals and families who have experienced domestic violence. Her experiences include representing and assisting persons with obtaining medical coverage, social security, unemployment benefits, and cash/food assistance. She also has assisted and represented individuals with divorce, custody and support challenges.

In addition to her work as an attorney, Professor Hurd served as the Assistant to the Ombudsman for the Water in Basement Program, advising homeowners who experienced sewer backups in their basement of their rights. She also helped to draft the annual report to the United States District Court Southern District of Ohio on this issue.

While in law school, Professor Hurd had the unique opportunity to argue before the Twelfth District Court of Appeals against the retroactive application of the Ohio sex offender residency laws on behalf of an individual enjoined from living in his residence due to an offense prior to the passage of the residency restriction law.

  • Domestic Violence Clinic