With acute attention to detail, Kelly works with clients through multiple stages of the litigation process.

Overview

Kelly gained litigation experience during her two-year clerkship for the Honorable Karen E. Schreier, a United States District Court Judge for the District of South Dakota, where she drafted court opinions in a wide variety of cases including commercial, employment, insurance, and telecommunication litigation. Kelly also drafted jury instructions and court documents for civil and criminal hearings and trials. Most recently, Kelly worked as a staff attorney for the United States District Court for the District of South Dakota, where she conducted extensive research on legal issues for all South Dakota District Court judges, including compassionate release motions during the COVID-19 pandemic and pro se litigation matters. 

Kelly was also a summer associate at the firm, where she drafted memorandums on key pieces of legislation, wrote criminal appellate briefs, and motions to dismiss.

During law school, Kelly worked as graduate assistant for the First Year Legal Writing Course as well as served as a member of the Moot Court Board where she wrote appellate briefs and competed in mock appellate arguments at various competitions throughout the country.

Experience

Represented federal grant funds recipient in internal investigation and related state enforcement matter regarding potential state and federal government grant violations.

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Admissions

  • Minnesota, 2019

Education

University of South Dakota School of Law, J.D. summa cum laude, 2018

  • Edward Hope Award Recipient for the highest-grade point average of the Class of 2018.

South Dakota State University, B.A., summa cum laude, Political Science, 2014

Clerkships

  • Honorable Karen E. Schreier, U.S. District Court Judge for the District of South Dakota
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