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 Departmentof 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 ofJohn Taber & Associates and Pittman, Pittman, Carwie & Fuquay. Prior to her election tothe bench, she served as a staff attorney on the Court of Criminal Appeals and theAlabama Supreme Court. Justice Wise was first elected to the Alabama Court ofCriminal Appeals in 2000 becoming the youngest woman ever elected to sit on anAlabama Appellate Court. She was re-elected in 2006 and was later selected to serve asPresiding Judge of the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals. Justice Wise was elected tothe Supreme Court of Alabama in 2010 and is assigned to the Stuart Division.
Committed to helping at-risk children, Justice Wise was appointed by GovernorBob Riley to serve on the Alabama Council on Juvenile Justice and DelinquencyPrevention in 2003 and reappointed in 2006. Judge Wise currently serves on the AlabamaLaw Institute Criminal Code Committee tasked with helping to re-write the AlabamaCriminal Code and the Advisory Committee on Criminal Procedure. In addition, JudgeWise serves on the board of directors for the Family Sunshine Center, DistinguishedYoung 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 JudgeArthur Ray, are the proud parents of Hanah-Mathis, a sophomore at St. James School.They are active members of St. James United Methodist Church.