Associate Dean, Strategic Initiatives
Senior Counsel, Capital Center for Public Law & Policy
Professor of Law
B.A., University of Illinois
J.D., Columbia University
Professor Kelso has worked closely with the leadership in the California Senate and Assembly and within the Judicial and Executive Branches on constitutional amendments, legislation, and rules of court to improve and reform the California Judiciary and the administration of justice. In recognition of his service, the California Judicial Council selected Professor Kelso to receive the 1998 Bernard E. Witkin Amicus Curiae award. Kelso was called upon to serve as Acting Insurance Commissioner for California in 2000 and was selected to serve as the Scholar-In-Residence at the California Administrative Office of the Courts. He was selected by Governor Gray Davis to serve as the State’s Chief Information Officer in May 2002, and continues to serve in this position in the Schwarzenegger Administration. He was recognized by Government Technology as one of the 25 Top Chief Information Officers in the public sector for 2004. Professor Kelso clerked for Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit District, who now sits on the Supreme Court of the United States.
Courses: Torts, Government Law Theory and Practice, Issues in Governmental Lawyering, Remedies, Health Law