Beth Kelley worked as a legislative aide for a non-profit in Washington, D.C. and for the Colorado State Senate prior to attending law school. Upon graduation from law school, Beth Kelley worked as a Judicial Clerk to the Chief Judge of the Denver Juvenile Court, the Honorable Karen Ashby. Ms. Kelley then worked as a Public Defender in the Denver Trial Office of the Public Defender's Office before joining Nancy Holton and Associates in Boulder as an Associate. In 2005, Ms. Kelley founded the Kelley Law Firm.
Ms. Kelley received her Juris Doctor from the University of Colorado School of Law in Boulder in 2000 where she was awarded the Excellence in Legal Aid Award for her work representing indigent criminal and civil clients. Ms. Kelley received her Bachelor of Arts from Bowdoin College, in Brunswick, Maine, graduating Magna Cum Laude with a degree in cultural anthropology and English. Ms. Kelley spent part of her junior year abroad at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.
Ms. Kelley's publications include The Judicial Benchbook on Colorado Child Welfare Law, 2001, which she edited and wrote with two magistrates from the Denver Juvenile Court.
Beth Kelley is a member of the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, the Colorado Juvenile Defense Coalition, the Colorado Bar Association, the Boulder Bar Association and the Colorado Women's Bar Association. She volunteers for the GAPS committee which monitors the cases of clients with mental health issues in Boulder.
Ms. Kelley frequently returns to the University of Colorado for Moot Court or other trial competitions as a volunteer to teach aspiring trial lawyers courtroom skills.
When she is not practicing law, Ms. Kelley likes to play soccer, practice Improv, read, and spend time being active outside with her family.