She and Catherine D. “Katie” Bertram have known each other as friends and colleagues for roughly 25 years. As a seasoned medical malpractice attorney, Kelly said she often taps into her journalism background, ferreting out research and drafting detailed briefs to advocate for their clients. “I love digging into and understanding and telling people’s stories,” she said.
When she’s not in court, Kelly enjoys spending time with her dogs and assisting others throughout the community. She is an avid baseball fan and has volunteered as an after-school mentor with the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy. She runs about 5K each Saturday morning with adoptable dogs from the Humane Rescue Alliance as part of the People and Animal Cardio Klub (or PACK), and she does whatever is needed — setup, cleanup, distributing medals, providing encouragement — for the athletes at local Special Olympics competitions.
She credits her family and her volunteering in her community with deepening her compassion for people in need. “It affects how you view people in vulnerable spots in their lives,” she said. “It’s sharpened my sense of community and purpose: helping someone who needs help.”