Monday Profile: Kelly Roberts

 Kelly Roberts has served as Judge Donald Shelton’s judicial attorney for the last nearly eight years. Prior to her position with the court, the majority of Roberts’ practice was criminal defense. Roberts, who earned a degree in philosophy from the University of Michigan in 1999, graduated from the University of Detroit-Mercy Law School in 2003.

Roberts is a homeowner in Ypsilanti Township, and has two German shepherds, Jack and Kaiser.
 
By Jo Mathis
Legal News
 
Currently reading: “Thinking, Fast and Slow” by Daniel Kahneman.
 
What is your most treasured material possession? A yellow, 30-year-old afghan knitted by my Nonnie (Italian for grandma).
 
If you weren’t a lawyer, what would you be? Accessories Editor for Harper’s Bazaar.
 
Favorite local hangouts: Sidetrack, Sabor Latino, the Arb, and Salon FraXure.
 
Favorite websites: Pinterest and Reddit.
 
Your proudest moment as a lawyer? Being sworn into the Michigan bar with my parents at my side.
 
Your worst moment as a lawyer? Being mistaken for a secretary.
 
What is your happiest childhood memory? Getting notes from my mom in my lunch box that read, “I love you” or “Have a great day.”
 
Which things do you not like to do? Read motions to compel.
 
What would surprise people about your job? I successfully worked for Don Shelton for 7 ½ years with hardly any gray hairs or wrinkles.
 
What do you wish someone would invent? Great-tasting, zero calorie alcohol and pasta.
 
If you could trade places with someone for a day, who would that be? An ER doctor.
 
What’s the most awe-inspiring place you have visited? Paris.
 
What’s your greatest achievement? Beating Judge Shelton at Words with Friends. 
 
If you could have one super power, what would it be? Mind reading.
 
What would you say to your 16-year-old self? “Stop caring what people think about you.”
 
What is guaranteed to make you laugh? Any movie with Kristin Wiig.
 
Must-see TV: “Game of Thrones” and “True Detective.”
 
What word do you overuse? “Amazing.”
 
What’s one thing you would like to learn to do? Play a musical instrument.
 
What is something most people don’t know about you? I’m a closet introvert.
 
If you could have dinner with three people, living or dead, who would they be? Bea Arthur, Betty White and Rue McClanahan.
 
Can’t-live-without technology: iPhone
 
Favorite law-related movie: “Cape Fear” with Gregory Peck and Robert Mitchum.
 
Favorite Quotes: “As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do.” Mae West. And: “The future depends on what you do today.” Mahatma Gandhi
 
If you can help it, where will you never return? East Lansing.
 
What would you drive if money were no object? Black 1965 Ford Mustang Fastback.
 
Favorite place to spend money: Sephora.
 
What is your motto? Be Always Blooming.
 
Where would you like to be when you’re 90? In love. 

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