Mari Kelly was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona. She graduated from the University of Arizona with a major in Journalism. After graduating from university, Ms. Kelly moved to Texas to attend Texas A&M University School of Law. During law school, Ms. Kelly was active in the Texas Aggie Legal Society, researched international water law issues, and volunteered with a non-profit in Costa Rica. As an attorney, Ms. Kelly’s main focuses are civil rights, civil litigation, and non-profit formation. She also practices employment, environmental, and small-business law.