Alumnus Keith Kelly ’81 Nominee for South Carolina Supreme Court

December 6, 2016 at 12:45 pm

Congratulations to Circuit Court Judge R. Keith Kelly ’81 who has been nominated to succeed Costa Pleicones on the South Carolina Supreme Court.

The Judicial Merit Selection Commission voted 6-2 to approve Kelly for the nomination.

Kelly is a native of Woodruff and is a 1976 graduate of Woodruff High School and R.D. Anderson Vocational School. He attended the University of South Carolina, Spartanburg and was cross enrolled in the U.S. Army ROTC program at Wofford College where he served as the Battalion Commander. Graduating in 1981, he accepted his U.S. Army Regular Army commission as an officer and reported to active duty.

Kelly received his Juris Doctorate Degree from the Walter F. George School of Law, Mercer University in 1987 and returned to Spartanburg County to practice law. Immediately preceding election to the bench, he was a partner at Lister, Flynn & Kelly, PA., Spartanburg, SC.  He is a former member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, he served on the SC House Judiciary Committee and was chairman of its Criminal Laws subcommittee. He is a former member of the Spartanburg County Delegation, where he served as the vice chairman and a former member of the Sentencing Reform Oversight Committee.