Professor Kelly is an Associate Clinical Professor at the Seton Hall Law School Center for Social Justice in the Civil Litigation Clinic. Professor Kelly concentrates his practice in foreclosure defense, consumer law, housing discrimination and tenants' rights. During the 2019-20 year he is also teaching Professional Responsibility and Persuasion and Advocacy. Professor Kelly previously taught in the Family Law Clinic, where he handled domestic violence, divorce, adoption and international custody cases. In addition, he has taught courses in the areas of family law and alternative dispute resolution. He previously directed Seton Hall Law School's Conflict Management Program and coached students in ABA competitions in client counseling, mediation and negotiation. Through the Haiti Rule of Law Project he traveled with delegations of faculty and students to L’Ecole Superieure Catholique de Droit de Jérémie in Jeremie, Haiti. On behalf of the Center for Policy and Research, he went to U.S. Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as an NGO observer under the auspices of the Military Commission Observation Project.
Professor Kelly currently serves on the Early Settlement Panel in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Essex Vicinage. He was a founding trustee of Partners for Women and Justice in Montclair, NJ, and received their Partner in Hope Award. He has been similarly recognized by Manavi in New Brunswick, NJ, for his work on behalf of victims of domestic violence from Southeast Asia. Professor Kelly has served on the District VI Ethics Committee, the Essex County Domestic Violence Working Group, the New Jersey Supreme Court Pro Bono Task Force, and the Early Settlement Panel, Hudson Vicinage. He previously served as a statewide mediator in foreclosure cases. He was legal counselor to the Justice Virginia Long Family Law American Inn of Court. He has been a CLE trainer and guest speaker for Legal Services of New Jersey, NJ State Bar Association, NJ Coalition to End Domestic Violence, NJ LEEP, New York City Bar Association, and various other organizations.
Following a judicial clerkship with the Honorable A. Jerome Moore in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Mercer Vicinage, Professor Kelly represented indigent individuals at the Community Health Law Project and Hudson County Legal Services, specializing in housing and family law. In addition, at New Jersey Protection and Advocacy he handled impact litigation cases on behalf of disabled individuals.
Professor Kelly received his B.S., cum laude, in Accounting from St. Joseph's University and his J.D. from Temple University School of Law.