Kellie Walters graduated from DePaul University with a baccalaureate in Sociology in 2001. She then spent two years working as a domestic violence counselor in an emergency shelter before enrolling in John Marshall Law School beginning in January 2003. During that time she was an intern at the John Marshall Fair Housing Legal Clinic for four semesters and spent several semesters employed as a legal research assistant. In 2006, Walters graduated John Marshall and enrolled in Northwestern Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon to receive her L.L.M. in Environmental and Natural Resources Law. During that time, she wrote her L.L.M. thesis on the oil drilling in southeast Nigeria, its effect on the Ogoni tribe and the ongoing litigation. She also taught seminars at the Portland Community College about the relationship between Environmental Law and Human Rights. Upon returning to Chicago, she worked with the Civil Rights Center litigating cases involving police misconduct until they closed their doors in 2009. Ms. Walters started a solo practice focusing on state civil litigation, bankruptcy, and transactional law.