Legal Experience That Stands Out
Kelley was the first African American woman to lead the District Attorney’s office in its 167-year history and the first African American woman to lead a District Attorney’s Office in Pennsylvania. As District Attorney, she managed a budget of approximately $54 million and a staff of 600 comprised of attorneys, support staff, and law enforcement. She addressed issues concerning gun violence, the opioid epidemic, capital punishment reforms, and criminal justice reforms.
Prior to initially joining the firm in 2016, Kelley was the first independently identified Title IX Coordinator at the University of Virginia, tasked with implementing a new sex- and gender-based harassment policy across 11 schools at the university. Kelley also provided advisement and university-wide training on Title IX, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and the Clery Act, which included training thousands of students, administrators, faculty, staff, and employees as a component of the university’s prevention strategy through education and awareness. In December 2011, former Gov. Tom Corbett appointed her to serve as the Safe Schools Advocate under the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. In this role, Kelley worked closely with the First Judicial District Juvenile and Adult Courts, local law enforcement, mental and behavioral health agencies, community-based agencies, Philadelphia City Council, Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, Philadelphia Mayor’s Office, and human relations agencies and national organizations that work to ensure civil rights are protected for marginalized or minority communities.
Kelley has taught as an adjunct professor of law at Drexel University’s School of Law and is a lecturer in law at the University of Pennsylvania for the fall of 2019. She is an inaugural member and has served as mentor for at-risk high school young women in Philadelphia through the Women of Tomorrow national mentor and scholarship organization. She is also an active member of various community and professional organizations such as the Links, Incorporated; Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated; Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated; and the Forum for Executive Women.
- Co-counsel representing CBS and its station manager in the highly publicized defamation lawsuit brought by former KYW TV news anchor Alycia Lane in connection with the termination of her employment. The matter concluded with a confidential, mutually agreed upon settlement.
- Adjudicator in various matters involving higher education clients/entities regarding Title IX compliance.
- Oversight Member/Counsel for the Independent Reconciliation and Reparations Program established by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to financially compensate victims of child sexual abuse by clergy.