“Penix jumped on my case like a Navy Seal dropping into a small war zone… 60 days later: Case closed, problem solved, and not a single complaint along the way.” – Client Review
J.D. — Howard University School of Law, Washington, D.C.
M.A. — ARCA, Amelia, Italy
B.A. — University of Maryland at College Park
States of CO, WI, and USVI
Fourth, Sixth, Seventh, and Tenth Circuit Courts of Appeals
Supreme Court of the United States
K.L. Penix was in the top of her class when she earned her law degree from the Howard University School of Law in Washington, DC. She then served as a judicial clerk in the Superior Court of the US Virgin Islands. Following her clerkship, she was an associate attorney in a general practice law firm, representing clients in state and federal court. She continued her professional journey by joining the faculty at the University of Wisconsin Law School, where she taught criminal appellate litigation and civil practice skills. She is now in private practice representing clients in appeals.
Attorney Penix has published extensively in academic journals and popular publications. She has appeared across the country to speak and has been interviewed by BBC, NPR, and The Art Newspaper. She is the author of The Freelance Lawyering Manual (2011) and Foreclosure Defense: Litigation Strategies and Appeals (2013), and a contributor to the Alderman Appeals Blog.
Author, “How a Case Gets to the Wisconsin Supreme Court,” Inside Track:Wisconsin State Bar, May 2015
Author, “Final’ Doesn’t Always Mean Final: How to Appeal Mid-litigation,” Wisconsin Lawyer, December 2014.
Co-Author, The Civil Appeals Process in Wisconsin, 2014 (book).
Author, “What is a ‘final judgment or order’ for the purpose of appeal?” Wisconsin Law Journal, August 2014.
Author, “Should Trial Lawyers Handle Their Own Appeals?” Wisconsin Lawyer, June 2014.
Co-Author, “How to Speed the Appeals Process,” Wisconsin Lawyer, February 2014.
Co-Author, “National Treasure: A Comparative Analysis of Domestic Laws Criminalizing Illicit Excavation and Exportation of Archaeological Objects,” Mercer Law Review, 2014.
Author, “Art Crime,” in 1 Encyclopedia of Criminology & Criminal Justice (Jay Albanese ed., 2014).
Author, “Yale’s Repatriation of the Machu Picchu Artifacts to Peru,” in Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology (Angela Labrador ed., 2014)
Author, Foreclosure Defense: Litigation Strategies and Appeals, Erleichda Press, 2013 (book).
Co-Author, “Standards of Review in the Wisconsin Court of Appeals,” Wisconsin Law Journal, November 2013.
Author, “Did You Lose Your Civil Case at Trial? Advising Your Client on the Deadline to Appeal,” Wisconsin Law Journal, October 2013.
Author, “Should Trial Lawyers Handle Their Own Appeals?” Virgin Islands Bar Newsletter, October 2013.
Author, “Calculating Judgment Interest in the Wake of Wis. Act 69,” Wisconsin Law Journal, August 2012.
Author, “The Long Arm of the Law: Incarceration and the Ordinary Family,” Howard Law Journal, 2012.
Co-Author, “Rubin v. Islamic Republic of Iran: Satisfying US Judgments Against Foreign Sovereigns by Seizing Museum Collections,” Cultural Heritage & Arts Review, Winter 2012.
Author, “The Human Right to Cultural Property,” Michigan Journal of International Law, 2012.
Author, “The Designation of West Bank Mosques as Israeli National Heritage Sites: Using the 1954 Hague Convention to Protect Against in Situ Cultural Appropriation,” Creighton Law Review, 2011.
Author, “The Freelance Lawyering Manual: What Every Lawyer Needs to Know About the New Temporary Attorney Market,” Erleichda Press, 2011 (book).
Author, “Legal Protection of Archaeological Remains on Private Property in the US Virgin Islands,” Virgin Islands Bar Journal, 2011.
Author, “Honor Amongst Thieves: Organized Crime and the Illicit Antiquities Trade,” Indiana Law Review, 2011.
Co-Author, “Pitfalls of Discussing IAC Claims with Trial Counsel,” Wisconsin Law Journal, 2010.
Co-Author, “Protecting Confidentiality in Ineffective Assistance Claims,” Wisconsin Law Journal, 2010.
Author, “Legal Protection of Archaeological Remains on Public Property in the U.S. Virgin Islands,” Virgin Islands Bar Journal, 2010.
Author, “The Ethics of Context: Exploring Assumptions in Discussions About the Looting of Archaeological Sites,” Association for Research into Crimes Against Art, October 1, 2010.
Author, “Ethical Issues in Cultural Property Law Pertaining to Indigenous Peoples,” Idaho Law Review, 2009.
Author, “Thieves Take a Page Out of Rare Books and Manuscripts,” Art and Cultural Heritage Law Newsletter, 2009.
Author, “Slave Artists as Powerful Reality Creators: Taking Responsibility and Rejecting Race Consciousness,” Thurgood Marshall Law Review, 2008.
Author, “The Ethical Trade in Cultural Property: Ethics and Law in the Antiquity Auction Industry,” ILSA Journal of International & Comparative Law, 2007.
Author, “Supervising the Legal Writing of Junior Attorneys and Non-Lawyer Employees,” N.M. Lawyer, 2007.
Speaker, “Foreclosure Litigation: Defense Strategies and Appeals,” National Business Institute’s Foreclosure, Short Sale and Loan Modification Compliance Update 2014, Eau Claire, WI, 2014.
Keynote Speaker, “The Logistics of Success: Using Systems to Create a Profitable and Rewarding Law Practice,” WILMIC’s Summer Seminar, Wisconsin Dells, WI, 2013.
Panelist, “The New Normal: Building a Law Practice in Today’s Economy,” WILMIC’s Summer Seminar, Wisconsin Dells, WI, 2013.
Speaker, “National Treasure: A Comparative Analysis of Domestic Statutory Schemes Penalizing Illicit Excavation and Exportation of Archaeological Objects,” International Conference on Law and Society, Honolulu, HI, 2012.
Speaker, “Domestic Statutory Schemes Penalizing Illicit Excavation and Exporting of Cultural Objects,” Association for Law, Property, and Society 3rd Annual Meeting, Georgetown Law Center, Washington DC, 2012.
Speaker, “Down to The Wire: How Popular Narratives about the Criminal Justice System Influence Client and Student Experiences in the Clinical Context,” Midwest Clinical Law Teachers Conference, University of Wisconsin Law School, Madison, WI, 2011.
Speaker, “Decolonizing Cultural Property,” American University Washington College of Law, Washington, DC, 2011.
Speaker, “History of the World in 100 Looted Objects,” American Mensa Regional Gathering, Appleton, WI, 2011.
Speaker, “The Designation of West Bank Mosques as Israeli National Heritage Sites: Using the 1954 Hague Convention to Protect Against In Situ Appropriation of Cultural Sites,” Symposium on Ethics in War, Terrorism, and Military law, Creighton University School of Law, Omaha, NE, 2011.
Panelist, “Preserving Cultural Sites During Conflict: Moral and Legal Implications,” Symposium on Ethics in War, Terrorism, and Military law, Creighton University School of Law, Omaha, NE, 2011.
Speaker, “The Evolution of the Cultural Property Protection Model from a Property to a Human Rights Framework,” Association for Law, Property, and Society 2nd Annual Meeting, Georgetown Law Center, Washington, DC, 2011.
Speaker, “The Evolution of the Cultural Property Protection Model Toward a Human Rights Framework and the Implications for Sovereignty,” Journal of International Law Annual Symposium: Sovereignty in Today’s World, Michigan State University College of Law, East Lansing, MI, 2011.
Panelist, “The Effects of Human Rights Norms on Sovereignity,” Journal of International Law Annual Symposium: Sovereignty in Today’s World, Michigan State University College of Law, East Lansing, MI, 2011.
Speaker, “Honor Amongst Thieves: Organized Crime and the Illicit Antiquities Trade,” American Society of Criminology 2010 Conference, San Francisco, CA, 2010.
Panelist, “Antiquities Trafficking: Complementary Countermeasures,” American Society of Criminology 2010 Conference, San Francisco, CA, 2010.
Appeals court finds Arapahoe judge mistakenly allowed man to represent self at trial, Colorado Politics, Aug. 16, 2022.
In 15-year-old prosecution, appeals court orders another review of cognitively-impaired man’s case, Colorado Politics, July 26, 2022.
Fond du Lac Holy Nativity Convent update: Appeals court upholds challenge to city raze order, FDL Reporter, May 5, 2021.
Fate of Sisters of the Holy Nativity Convent in hands of appeals court, FDL Reporter, Aug. 26, 2020.
Sisters of the Holy Nativity Convent owner files appeal to stave off Fond du Lac raze order, FDL Reporter, Feb. 12, 2020.
Supreme Court hears appeal of defendant denied chance to testify in his own defense, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Dec. 9, 2014.
Wis. Court Upholds Conviction in Ice Pick Slaying, Washington Times, Jan. 14, 2014.
Interview by Marlon Bishop, Metropolitan Museum Returns Antiquities Found in King Tut’s Tomb to Egypt, New York Public Radio “All Things Considered,” Aug. 2, 2011.
Lauren Gelfond Feldinger, Israel and Palestine: who owns what?, The Art Newspaper 224, May 2011, at 47.
Rani Molla, Hashing it Out, Santa Fe Reporter, Dec. 23, 2009.
Lawyer contests Pueblo tribal court sentencing, The Taos News, Dec. 21, 2009.
Local man’s case raises questions about medical cannabis law, The Taos News, Nov. 30, 2009.