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Yale Law School, J.D. (1992)

University of California at Irvine, B.A. in Political Science, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa (1989)


California (1992)

Federal courts in California (1992)


Attorney, Private Practice (1997-2000)

Associate Attorney, Riordan & McKinzie (1995-1997)

Associate Attorney, Chadbourne & Parke LLP (1992-1995)




"Title IX Storms The Citadel: Sex Discrimination Law and the Experience of Coeducation at the Military College of South Carolina," delivered at the 2000 Annual Meeting of the Western Political Science Assn., March 2000.

"Regulatory Confidentiality of Surrogacy Records: Lessons from the Adoption Experience," University of Louisville Journal of Family Law, Winter 1992-1993.


Lecturer, University of California at Irvine, Department of Political Science (1997-present)

For the past nine years, Ms. Kelley has represented an array of clients in areas ranging from civil rights and employment law to government contracts and corporate formation. She combines her law practice with the teaching of law classes at her undergraduate alma mater, the University of California at Irvine. Her courses to date include "Civil Rights: Race, Gender and the Law," "Introduction to Law," and "Law at the Millennium." In May 2001, she received an award from the UC Irvine Committee on Teaching for excellence in teaching. Ms. Kelley frequently volunteers her time in the legal community for such organizations as the California Women's Law Center, the Harriet Buhai Center for Family Law and the Orange County Bar Association. She has also served as an arbitrator for the Los Angeles County Superior Court.

Below are examples of the types of matters Ms. Kelley has handled:

  • represented the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority in a federal civil rights case of nationwide import, Labor/Community Strategy Center v. MTA, seeking injunctive relief under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

  • successfully defended an employer in a federal court suit alleging discrimination based on sexual orientation

  • represented companies in multi-million dollar disputes with the United States government, involving statutes such as the False Claims Act, Contract Disputes Act, and Truth in Negotiations Act

  • conducted factual and legal investigations into potential civil and criminal liability for major government contractors

  • advised start-up internet company on a variety of legal issues

  • written a successful appellate brief raising novel issue of civil remedies available to redress fraud in negotiation of marital settlements

Ms. Kelley is a member of the Orange County and Los Angeles County Bar Associations as well as Women in Business Orange County and the Irvine Chamber of Commerce.

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