Supporting our community

Thanksgiving Luncheon at Pete Sanchez Center

Attorney Diedre Pierce Kelly helped serve more than a hundred seniors during Councilman Oliver Thomas' Thanksgiving Senior Citizens Luncheon at the Pete Sanchez Center in the historic Lower Ninth Ward.



Diedre Pierce Kelly is the quintessential candidate for Orleans Parish Criminal Court.  She embodies a spirit of service while combining prestigious qualifications and a heart for the community.  




Diedre Pierce Kelly was born in the Carrollton area of New Orleans. She was a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Mc Donogh #35 Senior High School and Dillard University (New Orleans, LA), and had the opportunity to study abroad for 6 months at the University of Namibia in Southern Africa through a program namely, Africa Peace Education Program. She chose Africa to develop her knowledge because she knew early that her purpose was to fight for those who could not fight for themselves. While abroad she volunteered and tutored young children struggling in school. She donated various school supplies and daily hygiene items for the female students.


Kelly was recognized for her outstanding achievements while on the Dean’s list, member of the Student National Government and member of Alpha Kappa Mu National Honor Society. After Hurricane Katrina, Ms. Kelly worked as a parole officer in Texas before she attended law school. After this experience, she knew that she needed to be an advocate for released inmates, so that they would be more productive in society and not add to the recidivism rate.


Kelly earned her Juris Doctorate Degree from Southern University Law School where she graduated Cum Laude. While in law school, she received the CALI award two years in a row for the highest grade in Legal Writing, she was a Board member of the Business and Entrepreneur Leadership Association (BELA), Member of the Black Law Student Association (BLSA), Member of Criminal Law Clinic, and a Staff writer on the Journal of Race, Poverty & Gender.


Kelly had another opportunity to travel aboard and studied Private International and Criminal Law. As a 2nd and 3rd year student, she worked as a Legal Intern with the law firm of Spears and Spears and the Public Defender’s Office of East Baton Rouge Parish. Ms. Kelly worked under an awesome team that assisted and fought for wrongly arrested and convicted defenders to secure their freedom. It was then that she developed a passion to assist underprivileged and overlooked individuals. 


After law school, Kelly began her legal career as an Associate Attorney with the law firm of Spears & Spears, Attorney at Law in New Orleans. She has represented thousands of clients in various courts throughout the New Orleans metropolitan area while continuing to fight for the rights of the voiceless. She has worked on many cases pro bono and is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Modest Means program believing that every person should have a right to quality representation even if they cannot afford it.


Thereafter, she worked with the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office as an Staff Attorney assisting with legal matters and real estate auctions. 


Kelly currently serves as the Chief of Staff to Councilmember Oliver Thomas and has convened several meetings with criminal justice stakeholders to develop a plan to deal with safety and quality of life issues as part of his role as Chair of the Criminal Justice Committee. She is also the Contract Attorney for Delgado Community College assisting with Title 9/Power base cases. 


She donates her time to volunteer with the ReEntry Clinic with the Justice and Accountability Center of Louisiana to provide free legal assistance. She is committed to making a difference in her community. She has worked as a Legislative Assistant to Senator Wesley Bishop, District 4 and then Senator, Congressman Troy Carter, District 2 in assisting in drafting laws that would serve and promote a better and safer city and state. Ms. Kelly is a former board member of the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority (NORA) and former member of Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale (MKFF). She was the Vice Chair of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board (ABO) serving a second term, a member of the Orleans Parish Democratic Executive Committee and a member of the Independent Women’s Organization of New Orleans (IWO). Kelly is also a member of the American Bar Association; Louisiana State Bar Association; New Orleans Bar Association; Louis A. Martinet Legal Society; Urban League of Louisiana, Young Professionals; League of Women Voters of New Orleans; Emerge of America, the Mid City Rotary Club and NAACP. She has volunteered her time to the NO AIDS walk, Habitat for Humanity, and Audubon Charter School. In 2017-2018, Kelly was in the graduating class of the Institute of Politics (New Orleans), where she learned various campaign strategies.


In February 2019, she was a recipient of the Congressional Black Caucus Institute (CBCI) Advocacy and Campaign Training. In July 2019, she was in the graduating class of Emerge Boot Camp where she developed lasting relationships with her class sisters. Kelly specializes in Criminal Defense (Adult and Juvenile), DWI/DUI, Traffic and Municipal matter as well as Personal Injury.


Kelly is a mother of two children (Elijah and Jazlyn) who attend Audubon Charter and is an active member of New Home Ministries and Seabrook Homeowner’s Association.


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