2024 – 3rd Court of Appeals, Place 3

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Chari Kelly (D-city)
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Texas Bar Card Number
Campaign Mailing Address
Campaign Phone
Campaign Website
Social Media Linkstwitter
Current Occupation
Years of Texas Residency
JD School & YearUniversity of Texas School of Law
Other EducationB.A., University of Florida
Year of State Bar LicensureTexas (2007)
Florida (2002)
Legal Experience - Nonjudicial
  • Asst. District Attorney, Travis County District Attorney, Austin, Texas (2015 – 2018)
  • Asst. District Attorney, Comal County Criminal District Attorney, New Braunfels, Texas (2013 –2015)
  • Asst. Attorney General, Texas Attorney General, Civil Medicaid Fraud Division (2008 – 2013)
  • Adjunct Professor, The University of Texas School of Law, (2007 – present)
  • Research Attorney, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (2007– 2008)
  • Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG) Officer, Trial Defense Service, U.S. Army, Fort Sam Houston and Fort Hood, Texas (2003 – 2007)
  • Law Clerk, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (2002)
Jury Trial Experience
Appellate Judicial Experience
Other Judicial Experience
Board CertificationsCriminal Law
Courts Admitted
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
  • U.S. Dist. Court, Eastern Dist. of Texas
  • U.S. Dist. Court, Northern Dist. of Texas
  • U.S. Dist. Court, Western Dist. of Texas
Honors and Awards
Prior Elections
Most Recent Bar Polls
Key Endorsements (Max 5)
Judicial Philosophy (Max 250 words)My highest priority is ensuring that every matter appealed is timely, thoroughly, and fairly decided. To accomplish this, it is paramount to have experienced criminal and civil attorneys on the bench since the docket of the Third Court of Appeals is divided between criminal and civil law. I would bring this much-needed experience to the Court. I will apply the law fairly and impartially to all citizens regardless of race, color or creed, and my decisions will be guided by controlling legal authority and I will not legislate from the bench.
MiscU.S. Army Veteran and former paratrooper
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