Judge since: 2012
Kelley worked for his family’s firm for 20 years prior to becoming a judge. He ran unsuccessfully in 2006 and was elected in 2012 after running unopposed. In 2015, he received a “Champion of Mediation” award from the Center for Conflict Resolution. He currently hears non-jury civil matters. Previously, he has heard traffic and misdemeanor cases and has presided in mental health, veterans, and parentage cases.
Bar Association ratings
This year: The CCL and CBA rated him qualified and the ISBA recommended him for retention.
Past: In 2012 Kelley was found not qualified by the CCL, which was concerned his practice lacked depth and that he had little “experience in complex litigation matters.” Kelley was, however, found qualified by the ISBA that year. He did not submit himself for evaluation by the CBA and so was found “not recommended.”