Elizabeth Kelley is a criminal defense lawyer with a nationwide practice focused on representing people with mental disabilities. She co-chairs the Criminal Justice Advisory Panel of The Arc's National Center for Criminal Justice and Disability. She is editor of Representing People with Mental Disabilities: A Practical Guide for Criminal Defense Lawyers (2018), and Representing People with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Practical Guide for Criminal Defense Lawyers (2020), both published by the American Bar Association (ABA). She also serves on the ABA Criminal Justice Council, the Editorial Board of Criminal Justice Magazine, and the Commission on Disability Rights. She served as a Non-Governmental Observer on behalf of the ABA at the Military Commission Hearings at Guantanamo.
Ms. Kelley served three terms on the board of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), chaired its Mental Health as well as Membership Committees, and is a Life Member. She served on the Problem-Solving Courts and Body Camera Task Forces. She traveled to Liberia in 2009 and 2014 as part of a delegation sponsored by the U.N. Commission on Drugs and Crime and NACDL to train that country's criminal defense bar.
Ms. Kelley speaks and writes widely on the subjects of the intersection of mental disabilities and the criminal justice system as well as on Attorney Wellness. She completed her 500 hour Yoga certification through Semperviva Studio in Vancouver, B.C.. http://www.elizabethkelleylaw.com @MentalHealthEsq