State Bar of Georgia
Organization Type: Association
Position/Title: Director, Law Practice Management Program
Functional Area: Management
Year of Induction: 2014
104 Marietta Street NW, Suite 100
Atlanta, GA 30303
Business Phone: 404.527.8770
Mrs. Natalie R. Kelly is the Director of the State Bar of Georgia’s Law Practice Management Program. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a minor in Political Science from Spelman College in 1990. She briefly attended law school at the University of Miami and Georgia State University, and is currently matriculating at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School, where she formerly taught Law Office Management as an Adjunct Professor, to complete her Juris Doctorate.
Prior to her employment with the State Bar, she worked as a legal assistant to a sole practitioner; and held law-related positions within the hospitality, commercial real estate, education, and communications fields. At the State Bar, she is Staff Liaison to the Bar’s Member Benefits, Law Practice Management Program Advisory, and Main Street Lawyers Committees. In 2005, she was named the State Bar of Georgia Employee of the Year.
She has been trained and certified as a Certified Consultant/Trainer for Timeslips, Amicus Attorney, Amicus Accounting, ABACUS Law, Clio, Credenza, Time Matters, Billing Matters, TABS3, PracticeMaster, and PCLaw legal software. She is noted as one of the first legal technology consultants in the United States to be certified on multiple legal-specific applications for solo and small law firms. She also consults and trains on several other legal and general business software applications. During her time at the State Bar, she has personally conducted over 1,000 firm practice management and technology consultation visits. She has also presented in over 15 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands on law practice management and law office technology. She has spoken on national CLE and law-related programs for the American Bar Association, the Association of American Law Schools, the National Conference of Bar Presidents, and many other legal organizations. She has also been a faculty member on multiple occasions for ABA TECHSHOW and LegalTech, legal technology conferences.
She writes extensively and is a regular contributor to the Georgia Bar Journal; the Law Practice Management Program’s departmental newsletters; and other national, ABA, and State Bar publications. She currently co-authors the blog, the Georgia Practice Advisor; and she authored the chapters When and How to Use Technology Consultants in Flying Solo: A Survival for the Solo and Small Firm Lawyer, 4th Edition and How to Make Your Bills a Rainmaking Tool in How to Capture and Keep Clients: Marketing Strategies for Lawyers. One of her law school exams for the Law Office Management course is published in the Instructor’s Manual for the casebook, Materials and Cases on Law Practice Management: a Learning Tool for Law Students (Thomas McKnight Steele – Lexis/Nexis).
Nationally, she is active in her association with the American Bar Association’s Law Practice Division and the General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Divisions. In the Law Practice Division, she served as Chair of the ABA TECHSHOW 2014 Planning Board. She is a past Chair of the Practice Management Advisors Committee, and a past Co-Chair of the Education Board. She also previously served on the Law Practice Division’s Nominating Committee; Publishing Board; Diversity Committee; Membership and Marketing Committee; Content Community; and Local and State Bar Outreach Committees; and the 2004, 2005, 2006, 2012 and 2013 ABA
TECHSHOW Planning Boards. In the General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division, she is a past member of the Editorial Board for the GPSolo Magazine’s Technology and Practice Guide. She also holds membership in the National Bar Association; and the National Association of Bar Executives, where she served on the Sponsorship Committee. She is also an Advisory Board member for the lawyer coaching firm, ATTICUS, Inc.
Locally, Mrs. Kelly is an Associate Member of the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys, and previously served as the State Bar Liaison to the Atlanta Chapter of the National Association of Legal Administrators. Additionally, she is a member of multiple law school student organizations.
Natalie resides in Atlanta with her husband Charles, and three daughters, Roschelle, Charlise, and Christina. She can be followed at @NatalieRKelly, linked to www.linkedin.com/pub/natalie-r-kelly/3/815/75b/, phoned at 404-527-8770, or emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CITATION UPON INDUCTION INTO THE COLLEGE
Natalie Kelly has been a whirlwind of positive energy. She is one of the first legal technology consultants in the United States to be certified as a consultant/trainer on multiple (in fact, almost a dozen) legal-specific applications in the same genre. Because of her wide-ranging knowledge, skills and abilities, Natalie has been a regular Techshow speaker; has taught law office management at John Marshall Law School; and has spoken at CLE and law-related programs for the ABA, the Association of American Law Schools, the National Conference of Bar Presidents, and many other organizations. In fact, she has presented in over 15 states and Puerto Rico on practice management and law office technology. Her leadership at state and national levels has been an inspiration to many, particularly to the members of the Georgia Bar who rely on her for practice management and technology consulting and training.