Born Colchester, Illinois
Courtney Shelley was born and raised in rural Colchester IL. She’s the daughter of Gregory and Tammy Shelley. She graduated from West Prairie High School and attended the University of Illinois – Springfield. She graduated from the Scholars Honors Program with a BS in Legal Studies and minored in Women and Gender Studies. She was active in civil rights issues, was a Resident Assistant in Founder’s Hall, and a Research Assistant for the Center for Public Safety and Justice.
She completed her legal education at the North Carolina Central University School of Law. She was a member of Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity, worked at the Domestic Violence Clinic, and was an intern with the ACLU of North Carolina and the ACLU Capital Punishment Project. Courtney has worked as a Ronald McDonald House Volunteer and worked with Habitat for Humanity. She was a volunteer with the Durham, North Carolina Boys and Girls Club. She was active in the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina and attended the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar
Before joining Dempsey and Dempsey, she worked for Special Counsel and Consumer Law Group in Chicago IL.