Paul Shipp

Paul Shipp

Disability Rights Center of Kansas
  • Kansas, Kansas
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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.

Additional Practice Area
  • Crime Victim Work
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Potential clients must call 800-723-6953 and apply for services before any discussion will be had.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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Kansas Supreme Court
ID Number: 20263
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Professional Experience
Managing Attorney
Disability Rights Center of Kansas
- Current
Managing Attorney
Kansas Legal Services
Scott, Quinlan, Willard & Barnes
Washburn University School of Law
J.D. (2001) | Juris Doctorate
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Radford University
B.S. (1998) | Social Science & History
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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.
Professional Associations
Kansas State Bar
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Articles & Publications
Changing Juvenile Courts, Expanding Constitutional Rights of Children
Paul Shipp
Websites & Blogs
The Disability Rights Center of Kansas
Contact & Map
Disability Rights Center of Kansas
214 SW 6th Ave
Suite 100
Topeka, KS 66611
Toll-Free: (877) 776-1541
Telephone: (785) 232-8193
Cell: (785) 380-7447
Fax: (785) 273-9414
Notice: I only help individuals who qualify for services. You must be a crime victim and you must have a disability or I cannot address your legal issues. You must apply for services before I can help. There is no guarantee I can help.
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