Justice A. Kelli Wise, the daughter of Colonel Bobby W. Wise and the late Betty Mathis Wise, was born in Geneva, Alabama and raised in Dale and Autauga County.
Judge Wise, a graduate of Prattville High School, received a B.S. in Biology, with a minor in Nursing, from Auburn University in 1985 and a Juris Doctorate from Jones School of Law in 1994. She earned a Master of Public Administration from Auburn University Montgomery in 2000 and was named the 2005 Outstanding Graduate by the AUM Department of Political Science and Public Administration.
During her legal career, Justice Wise worked in the Governor's Legislative Office (James Administration), served as legal counsel for ProStaff HRM, Inc. and was associated with the law firms of John Taber & Associates and Pittman, Pittman, Carwie & Fuquay. Prior to her election to the bench, she served as a staff attorney on the Court of Criminal Appeals and the Alabama Supreme Court. Justice Wise was first elected to the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals in 2000 becoming the youngest woman elected to sit on an Alabama Appellate Court. Justice Wise was elected to the Alabama Supreme Court in 2010.
Committed to helping at-risk children, Justice Wise was appointed by Governor Bob Riley to serve on the Alabama Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention in 2003 and reappointed in 2006. She is involved in several civic, charitable and professional organizations including the Alabama State Bar Association, The Alabama Wildlife Federation, The Montgomery Symphony League and the Capital City Republican Women. Justice Wise currently serves on the Alabama Law Institute Criminal Code committee tasked with helping to re-write the Alabama Criminal Code, and the Advisory Committee on Criminal Procedure.