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Shaye L. Downing

Fax: (785) 842-6312
Legal Secretary - Christi McChesney
Paralegal - Melanie Weaver

Shaye Downing originally began working with Sloan Law Firm as a law clerk in 2003. Her skills in organizing complex litigation and tackling legal issues then brought her to the firm as an Associate Attorney in 2005. She achieved member status in 2009. Ms. Downing primarily practices out of Lawrence, Kansas. She now splits her practice between family law, criminal defense and civil litigation.

Practice Areas

  • Family and Divorce Law
  • Criminal Defense
  • Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution


  • University of Kansas School of Law, J.D.
    Moot Court
    Black Law Student Association
  • University of Kansas, B.S. Psychology and Sociology


  • Kansas
  • United States District Court, District of Kansas

Professional Activities

  • Kansas Board for Discipline of Attorneys, member
  • American Bar Association
  • Kansas Bar Association Membership Committee, Nominating Committee
  • Kansas Women Attorneys Association, Membership and Communications Chairperson
  • Member, Douglas County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council
  • At Large Member, Douglas County Bench-Bar
  • Women Attorneys Association of Topeka
  • Douglas County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Topeka Bar Association, Membership Committee

In the Community

  • Member, Lawrence Criminal Justice Coordinating Council
  • Commissioner, Topeka Housing Authority
  • Judge Pro Tem, Baldwin City, Kansas
  • Leadership Topeka, Class of 2008
  • Former Adjunct Instructor, Washburn University School of Applied Studies

Publications and Public Speaking

  • "Interactive Interviewing and Effective Information Gathering." Kansas Paralegal Association Annual Seminar, June 12, 2009