Mary Kelly has dedicated her entire career to protecting families and children. Over a long and distinguished career, Mary Kelly has served in numerous roles in our Michigan judicial system. Most notably, Kelly served over 30 years as a Prosecutor in St. Clair County. She also served in private practice as a general practitioner with emphasis on domestic matters, civil litigation, and criminal matters. She was admitted into the United States District Court and the United States Court of Appeals where she argued cases.
Throughout her career Mary has been a steadfast champion of the rights of victims. From intern to Chief Assistant, Mary, has devoted over 30 years to making a safer community in which to raise a family.
As a Senior Assistant Prosecutor, Mary was given the role of starting up and being the lead attorney for the Criminal Sexual Conduct Unit. The Criminal Sexual Conduct Unit handled all sexual and physical abuse cases against children under sixteen years of age. She has also been responsible for felony trial dockets that included murder, robbery, controlled substance, assault, and financial crime cases.
Early in her career, Mary Kelly prosecuted a drunk driver under the first operating under the influence of alcohol causing death case in St. Clair county and one of the first prosecutions in Michigan under this law.
She has not only been successful with those type of difficult cases but has developed a special empathy with those who have lost family and friends to drunk driving and substance abuse. Mary has directed her enthusiasm for this issue not only to holding those responsible accountable, but also working with agencies to design a more comprehensive approach to a treatment program that would effectively deter repeated substance abuse and combat re-victimization by the same individual.
In 2015, Mary was awarded by her peers in the St. Clair County Bar Association with the James T. Corden Civility Award. This Award recognizes attorneys who practice law with dignity and respect. It honors attorneys who place a premium on integrity, honesty, ethics and fairness. The award is an accolade for attorneys who maintain civility, decorum and professionalism in their daily conduct.
Mary Kelly currently serves as the St. Clair County Lawyer Guardian Ad Litem. In this role, Mary represents the children of neglect abuse cases in St. Clair County. Prior to court proceedings involving children that have been neglected or abused, Mary meets with the child(ren) and assesses their needs and wishes before every hearing involving them.
In addition to her years in public service, Mary has also been involved in the community. Mary is past President of the St. Clair County Bar Association and continues to be an active member. Mary has also served on the Mercy Hospital Finance Board, the United Way Finance and Budget Committee, Quota Club (Past President), Rotary Club and Child Abuse and Neglect Council.
A graduate of Michigan State University where she received a Bachelor of Science degree, Mary then attended the Detroit College of Law and was admitted to the State Bar of Michigan. Mary resides in Fort Gratiot with husband of 35 years, Judge Dan Kelly. They have two daughters, Deirdre, 29, who attended Oakland University; and Kirsten, 25, who graduated from Michigan State University and Valparaiso University Law School and serves as an assistant prosecutor in Wexford County. Mary and her husband are also members of St. Mary Catholic Church in Port Huron.