Kelly Harris

Adjunct Professor


Seattle University School of Law
901 12th Avenue, Sullivan Hall
P.O. Box 222000
Seattle, WA 98122-1090


JD, University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law, 1993
BA, Political Science (Law & Society), University of California, Los Angeles, 1990


Kelly Harris' entire legal career has been spent as a public servant. The UCLA Law School graduate has been a criminal prosecutor for twenty-four years. He began his career as a King County Deputy Prosecutor, and during his nine years there, tried hundreds of jury trials, ranging from DUIs to Murder cases. In 2002, he left King County to serve as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of Washington. While an AUSA, Kelly led the Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council for the District, served as Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney under U.S. Attorneys John McKay and Jeff Sullivan, and was also responsible for the District's criminal civil rights cases. In 2009, he moved to Washington D.C., serving for six years as the Counterterrorism Crisis Management Coordinator in the Department of Justice's National Security Division, under Attorneys General Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch. Kelly returned home to Seattle in March 2016, to serve under City Attorney Pete Holmes as his Criminal Division Chief.

Kelly also has an extensive teaching resume. He began as a guest lecturer in various topics in Criminal Law in 1998 at the University of Montana School of Law. In 2005, he began teaching crisis management at the U.S. Department of Justice's National Advocacy Center, and in that same year began as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Washington School of Law, teaching Trial Advocacy. During his years in Washington D.C., Kelly developed a curriculum for both Assistant U.S. Attorneys and FBI Special Agents in crisis management, lecturing each year at conferences held at the National Advocacy Center.