Eric Kelley ’10 graduated from Williams College in 2015 with his degree in English. While at Williams, Kelley captained the Varsity Men’s Lacrosse team and served as a member of the Black Student Union.
“I learned to think critically, to empathize with others, and to value hard work. However, the most important lesson I learned was not solely taught in the classroom. The greatest lesson I learned from Friends was how to work cooperatively with others. Whether it be in the classrooms, the fields, the gyms, or the hallways, WFS students are constantly learning how to interact with, learn from, and rely on those around them. This unique atmosphere provided me with knowledge and lessons I have relied on in every facet of life…”
Eric Kelley ’10 graduated from Williams College in 2015 with his degree in English. While at Williams, Kelley captained the Varsity Men’s Lacrosse team and served as a member of the Black Student Union. He also helped to implement the Casey Family Project through the Delaware Judicial system, specifically Family Court, to help serve at-risk youth in the Wilmington Community. Prior to his time at Williams, Eric attended WFS and played football, basketball, and lacrosse. He was selected to play in the Blue-Gold All-Star football game and received All-American honors on the lacrosse field. He also worked at WFS for three summers, working facilities under Ray Carbone.
After his time in Williamstown, Kelley headed down to Washington, D.C. to begin his career in law. A 2018 graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, Eric was a member Journal of National Security Law & Policy and was a Judicial Extern for Judge Consuelo B. Marshall of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. Currently, Kelley is a 4th year associate at Hollingsworth LLP, based in Washington, D.C. where he specializes in products liability litigation. Beyond drafting legal briefs and memoranda, he also works closely with corporate and expert witnesses to prepare them for deposition and trial.
Focusing primarily on pharmaceutical and AgChem companies, Kelley enjoys his work because, “This work brings with it scientific challenges, legal challenges, and personal challenges. Whether it is understanding a new epidemiological study, defending a deposition and creating redirect questions on the spot, or just grinding through long hours, my job is never dull. I love the day-to-day challenge of my work, and the fact that I will never bore of the subject matter because it changes too quickly.”
His advice for current WFS students? “Some of the greatest lessons I learned, those that stick with me to this day, came from the custodial staff, coaches, and most importantly my fellow students. You are in a learning environment that may never be replicated for you personally. Everyone around you wants you to succeed and build upon your current successes, of which, I am sure there are many. Cherish this time, and as you move forward into your next community, bring the values of Friends with you, I am sure they will be appreciated.”