Mary Kathryn Kelley

Pro Bono Counsel

Mary Kathryn Kelley focuses her practice on impact litigation, e.g. law suits that are designed to change laws, affect policy or address the rights of groups of people even if the represented party is an individual. In addition, Mary Kathryn helps Cooley attorneys firmwide develop the skills necessary to effectively pursue complex class action and other types of litigation and works with the firm’s pro bono team to develop and manage Cooley’s pro bono practice, with a particular emphasis on work in Southern California.

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  • University of Virginia School of Law
    JD, 1993

  • Mills College
    BA, Biology, Anthropology

Admissions & Credentials



  • American Bar Association