Kelly joined the Lubbock Private Defenders Office in February 2020 as Executive Director. He earned an accounting degree from Texas Tech University in 1979 and received his law degree from Texas Tech University School of Law in 1982. After practicing law for 13 years, he served as judge of the 121st District Court for over 20 years. After his retirement from the bench, he served as a visiting judge. In his spare time, Kelly enjoys golfing, fishing, and spending time with his family.