Pro Bono Experience
Before joining the firm, Kelly was the Chicago Bar Foundation’s (CBF) Director of Pro Bono & Court Advocacy. She led the organization’s pro bono efforts, including work with lawyers, law firms, corporations, the courts, and pro bono and legal aid organizations to maximize the impact of pro bono work in ensuring access to justice. She also led the CBF’s advocacy efforts with the courts and administrative agencies for policies promoting access to justice, including policies that make the courts and administrative agencies more accessible for people without lawyers.
Kelly began her legal career practicing civil and commercial litigation with Vedder Price in Chicago for six years, where she also served on the firm’s Pro Bono Committee and represented children and families pro bono
in adoption, delinquency and guardianship proceedings.
- Loyola University of Chicago School of Law — Adjunct Professor, Access to Justice Practicum, 2015-17; Legal Writing & Analysis, 2007-11; Appellate Advocacy, Child Law Section, 2006
- University of Illinois College of Law, Chicago Program — Adjunct Professor, Access to Justice Practicum, 2014-17