Paul ShippDisability Rights Center of Kansas
- Elder Law, Domestic Violence, Landlord Tenant
- Kansas, Kansas
Managing Attorney | Disability & Aging Crime Victims Unit
Paul attended Radford University in his home state of Virginia, where he obtained dual Bachelor of Science degrees in History & Social Science. He graduated from Washburn University School of Law in 2001 and then worked for a small law firm in Topeka before joining Kansas Legal Services, Inc. in 2003. His work at KLS was varied; however, his focus was helping low-income individuals with civil legal problems that threatened their social and economic stability. Paul takes pride in his work as a civil litigator and is not afraid to make changes via the court system. Paul has successfully argued several cases before the Kansas Court of Appeals and has had two significant wins in the Kansas Supreme Court. In 2008, Paul made state and national news with the landmark decision of In Re L.M., 286 Kan. 460, 186 P.3d 164 (2008), where the Kansas Supreme Court extended constitutional rights to children that they did not have prior. He was awarded the Elizabeth Ferguson Excellence Award that same year. United States Attorney General, Eric Holder, recognized Paul as a national leader for his legal work for children and invited him to Washington DC to speak at a National Conference held for legislators across the country. In 2021, Paul had another significant case out of the Kansas Supreme Court that protected the paychecks of working people from illegal garnishment, Stormont v. Sievers, 314 Kan. 355, 498 P.3d 1217 (2021). Paul is a proud supporter and board member of True Colors Flint Hills, Inc.; there, he advocates for direct services for LGBTQAI+ youth and educates the community about the need to support queer and trans youth. He has a love of local history and a passion for researching his own family’s history. Paul joined DRC in November 2022. His goal is to use his experience to bring equality and access to justice to the client communities served by DRC.
- Washburn University School of Law
- J.D. (2001) | Juris Doctorate
- Radford University
- B.S. (1998) | Social Science & History
- Scott, Quinlan, Willard & Barnes
- Managing ATtorney
- Disability Rights Center of Kansas
- - Current
- Managing Attorney
- Kansas Legal Services
- Elizabeth Ferguson
- Kansas Legal Services (NonProfit)
- Outstanding performance resulting in substantial benefit to a client and the client community of Kansas Legal Services, Inc. Recognition for the landmark Kansas Supreme Court Opinion of In Re L.M. extending the Constitutional Right to Trial by Jury to children in the State of Kansas.
- Kansas State Bar
- Kansas Supreme Court
- ID Number: 20263
Clients must be screened by calling 877-776-1541. Direct calls and emails will not be responded to until prescreened by staff.
Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
Potential clients must call 800-723-6953 and apply for services before any discussion will be had.
- Elder Law
- Domestic Violence
- Domestic Violence Restraining Orders, Victims Rights
- Landlord Tenant
- Evictions, Housing Discrimination, Landlord Rights, Rent Control, Tenants' Rights
- Crime Victim Work
- The Disability Rights Center of Kansas