Wendy Hess

Wendy Hess

Associate Professor


School of Law

Phone: (605) 677-5362

Email: Wendy.Hess@usd.edu


Wendy Hess is an Associate Professor and Director of the Fundamental Legal Skills and Legal Writing Program. Her legal practice experience includes: directing the Prison Reform Project at the Public Justice Center, a non-profit law office in Baltimore, MD, where she also worked on educational access for children in foster care and enforcement of freedom of information laws; serving as the Francis Murnaghan Appellate Advocacy Fellow where she worked on poverty law and civil rights appellate cases in state and federal courts; and provision of civil legal services to prisoners and pretrial detainees in Central Pennsylvania with the Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project. She also completed two judicial clerkships, one for a judge on the Maryland Court of Appeals and the other for a judge on the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. Bar Admissions: South Dakota, Maryland, Washington DC

Teaching Interests:

Legal Skills, Client Interviewing & Counseling, Legal Writing, Juvenile Justice, Psychology & Law, Employment Discrimination, Gender & the Law

Research Interests:

Law Teaching Methods & Practices, Juvenile Transfer, Feminist Legal Theory


  • JD, Law, University of Denver College of Law, 1998
  • BA, Psychology; Government & Politics, University of Maryland, 1995

Licensures and Certifications:

  • South Dakota Bar Membership
  • Mediation, Phoenix School of Law
  • Maryland Bar Membership (inactive), MD Bar
  • DC Bar Membership (inactive), DC Bar