Kelly has practiced law for over 20 years specializing in personal injury, human rights cases, sexual assault and criminal law. Kelly was appointed to the Queen’s Counsel (Q.C.) by the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Nova Scotia, Diana Whalen in 2017. Kelly has spent the last several years assisting the Honourable Michel Bastarache, QC., CC., former Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, as Senior Counsel, evaluating the Merlo Davidson Class Action Settlement claims. This case dealt with gender-based discrimination and sexual harassment in the RCMP.
Kelly was involved as an adjudicator with the Indian Residential Schools Adjudication Secretariat (IRSAS) from 2008 to 2019. Kelly also assisted with the evaluation of claims in relation to the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children class action settlement from 2015 to 2016. Kelly is proud of his Métis heritage and continues to be involved in that community.
Kelly is visually impaired and is the captain of the National Canadian Blind Hockey Team, as well as the President of Canadian Blind Hockey Association. The goal of the charity is to provide access to visually impaired children, youth, and adults across the country with access to sports like hockey.
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