Justice Kelli Wise, a graduate of Prattville High School, received a B.S. in Biology, with a minor in Nursing, from Auburn University and a Juris Doctorate from Jones School of Law. She later earned a Master of Public Administration from Auburn University Montgomery where Justice Wise was the recipient of the 2005 Outstanding Graduate Award by the AUM Department of Political Science and Public Administration. Recently, Justice Wise was honored to be named as one of AUM's Top 40 Graduates during the University’s 40th Anniversary Celebration.
During her legal career, Justice Wise worked in the Governor's Legislative Office, served as legal counsel for ProStaff HRM, Inc., and was associated with the law firms of John Taber & Associates and Pittman, Pittman, Carwie & Fuquay. Prior to her election to the bench, she served as a staff attorney on the Court of Criminal Appeals and the Alabama Supreme Court. Justice Wise was first elected to the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals in 2000 becoming the youngest woman ever elected to sit on an Alabama Appellate Court. She was re-elected in 2006 and was later selected to serve as Presiding Judge of the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals. Justice Wise was elected to the Supreme Court of Alabama in 2010 and is assigned to the Stuart Division.
Committed to helping at-risk children, Justice Wise was appointed by Governor Bob Riley to serve on the Alabama Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention in 2003 and reappointed in 2006. Judge Wise currently serves on the Alabama Law Institute Criminal Code Committee tasked with helping to re-write the Alabama Criminal Code and the Advisory Committee on Criminal Procedure. In addition, Judge Wise serves on the board of directors for the Family Sunshine Center, Distinguished Young Woman of Alabama, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Hands On River Region, Junior League of Montgomery and Max Credit Union.
Justice Wise and her husband, former Montgomery County District Court Judge Arthur Ray, are the proud parents of Hanah-Mathis, a sophomore at St. James School. They are active members of St. James United Methodist Church.