Chari L. Kelly

Texas Third Court of Appeals 

Charli Kelly

Justice Chari L. Kelly is the Place 3 Justice of the Texas Third District Court of Appeals and was elected to the office on November 6, 2018.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Florida, Class of 1999, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Texas School of Law, Class of 2002.

She is Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization (TBLS) and the National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA) in Criminal Law.  Justice Kelly is a U.S. Army Veteran and former paratrooper. She was a captain in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps, serving as a Trial Defense Counsel and was certified by the United States Naval Justice School to defend death penalty cases. Before her election to the Texas Third Court of Appeals in November 2018, Justice Kelly served as an Assistant District Attorney, handling all aspects of felony criminal prosecutions.  During her career, she tried more than 35 jury trials, including aggravated sexual assault of a child, murder, and kidnapping.  Justice Kelly also worked as both a Research Attorney and Law Clerk at the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, an Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Medicaid Fraud Division of the Texas Attorney General’s Office.  She has taught as an Adjunct Professor in the University of Texas School of Law Trial Advocacy Department for over 10 years. ✯