Kelly Stoner graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in December 1988. Kelly was in private practice in Cherokee, Oklahoma for several years prior to moving to New York, where she practiced for several years for the Department of Human Services working on child abuse/neglect cases. Kelly then relocated to North Dakota where she directed the Native American Law Project and taught at the University of North Dakota School of Law for over eight years. The Project served clients of the Spirit Lake Reservation. She represented clients and tribal agencies in tribal and state courts. Kelly serves as a tribal consultant for the Spirit Lake Tribe specializing in domestic violence issues, children's issues and elder issues.
For the past six years, Kelly has been the Director of the Native American Legal Resource Center at Oklahoma City University School of Law and is also the Director of Clinical Programs. The Native American Legal Resource Center provides capacity building services to tribal communities and creates opportunities for students, faculty, staff and the broader University Community to utilize knowledge and resources to serve the needs of Oklahoma's 37 federally recognized Indian Tribes in a culturally appropriate and efficient manner. Kelly teaches in the areas of Indian Law, Tribal Law, Family Law and Domestic Violence, and speaks nationally on issues affecting Indian Country and has published in the areas of Family Law, Indian Law, and Domestic Violence Law.