LL.M. in Health Law, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, 2013
J.D., Drake University Law School, 2010
B.A. in Political Science and B.A. in Philosophy, Magna cum laude, Loyola University Chicago, 2006
Professor Kelly is a Founding Director of the EMU Center for Disability Planning and Policy. She conducts research on healthcare regulatory compliance, special needs financial planning, disability public policy, and healthcare informatics. Her work includes research and advocacy for the protection of vulnerable adults with disabilities against abuse, exploitation, and bullying. In support of bills for disability rights and healthcare reforms, Professor Kelly has been invited to testify before members of the Michigan Legislature.
Professor Kelly has been a guest speaker on health law and policy at the local, state, and national levels. She has appeared on television and radio programs, including the NPR Morning Report, NPR All Things Considered, and ABC News Detroit. In 2020, she received the Crain's Detroit Business Notable Women in Healthcare Award.
Professor Kelly is a member of the Michigan State Bar (admitted 2014), Illinois State Bar (admitted 2014), and Iowa State Bar (admitted 2010). Upon receiving her license to practice law, Professor Kelly worked as a litigation attorney where she served as counsel for businesses and individuals across the country in regulatory compliance and healthcare legal requirements.
Prior to coming to EMU, Professor Kelly served as a Compliance Officer and State Administrative Manager for the State of Michigan Department of Health and Human Services in Lansing, Michigan. Her responsibilities included managing teams with healthcare IT contract portfolios that exceeded $1.5 billion.