Kelly was born in Sylacauga, Alabama. She later became Research Assistant to the eminent Dean Charles W. Gamble in writing his treatise, Gamble’s Alabama Rules of Evidence. Appellate practice included writing briefs and/or oral arguments before the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. She served as Head of School for Auburn Classical Academy and is a former member of the AU Tiger Trail Committee, Auburn Rotary Club and Auburn Chamber of Commerce Diplomat.
Kelly, her husband Rick and their three boys can be found squarely in the middle of community life in Lee County. Kelly is involved in and supports countless family sports, school events and other local worthwhile causes. She enjoys being with her family at their Coosa County cabin in the woods, watching her boys play ball, riding horses when possible and travel. Kelly and her family are members of the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. Through her church, Kelly has served as President of the Holy Trinity Day School, Glanton Trust Board of Directors, Vacation Bible School Chair, a Sunday School teacher and on Alter Guild.
Phi Beta Kappa; Phi Kappa Phi. Senior Editor, Alabama Law Review. Member: Order of Barristers; Bench and Bar (Vice President); Moot Court Board; National Moot Court Team (Manager). Recipient, Dallas Sands Bench and Bar Outstanding Senior Award. Student Recruitment Chair, Farrah Law Society.