Chari Kelly Sworn in as Justice of Third Court of Appeals
Chari served in the United States Army as a Captain and Judge Advocate General (JAG).
She tried the military’s first-ever fetal manslaughter case and was a paratrooper.
Chari prosecuted crime in Comal and Travis Counties. She obtained a 65-year sentence for the attempted capital murder of a police officer, a life sentence for murder, and many convictions of child sexual predators.
Chari worked in the Civil Medicaid Fraud Division of the Texas Attorney General's Office, recovering millions of dollars on behalf of the State of Texas in high-stakes civil litigation, all the while teaching advocacy at the University of Texas School of Law.
The Third Court of Appeals hears both civil and criminal cases, and has within its boundaries one of the largest Army bases in the country. Chari is a felony prosecutor board certified in criminal law, an experienced civil litigator, and a former Captain and Judge Advocate General in the U.S. Army, having served her country at Fort Hood (Bell County). She's served as a staff attorney on the Court of Criminal Appeals, writing appellate opinions for the highest criminal court in Texas, and represented the State of Texas in civil fraud litigation, recovering millions of dollars for taxpayers. And she's prosecuted crime in two of the counties covered by the Third Court (Comal and Travis).
Whether civil, criminal, or military, Chari has the experience and judgment you can trust.
Chari is also a graduate of Leadership Austin. She created a fundraiser to support projects for homeless and low-income women in need of legal, social and medical services. Chari is a long-time member of the Calvert American Inn of Court, which provides training and mentoring to attorneys of all ages. She has served over a decade as an adjunct professor at the University of Texas School of Law.
Chari is married to Adam Schramek, a partner at Norton Rose Fulbright. Adam and Chari reside in Austin with their dog Snickers. In their free time, they enjoy watching movies, seeing shows at ZACH Theatre, and attending local festivals.