Shelby is a native of Nashville, Tennessee. She attended Ezell-Harding Christian School and was a competitive gymnast for fourteen years at Gaby’s Gymnastics in Nashville. Shelby attended the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga from 2012 to 2015, where she obtained her undergraduate degree cum laude in Political Science and was a recipient of the Volunteer Scholarship. While attending the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, she was a member of Kappa Delta sorority and Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society.
After graduating from college, Shelby moved to Louisiana where she attended law school at the Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center from 2015-2018. While in law school, Shelby was an LSU Law Ambassador, a member of the Public Interest Society, a Chancellor’s Scholarship recipient, and externed with the Louisiana Office of State Inspector General and The Louisiana Parole Project. During Shelby’s third year of law school, she also participated in the Parole and Pardon Clinic as a Supreme Court Rule 20 Certified Legal Intern. While at the Louisiana Office of State Inspector General, she investigated crimes within the executive branch of government, edited press and media releases, put together evidence exhibits, and conducted legal research. During her time with The Parole Project and the Parole and Pardon Clinic, Shelby wrote and filed briefs advocating on behalf of her clients and represented her clients during their hearings before the Parole and Pardon Board. Her efforts resulted in three grants of parole. She also filed a pardon application on behalf of one of her clients, which also received approval to advance to the next stage. Upon graduation, Shelby obtained a Juris Doctor and a Graduate Diploma in Civil Law.
Throughout her educational career, public interest work and pro bono work was always a top priority for Shelby. Upon graduation, she had obtained over fifty hours of Pro Bono work allowing her to graduate with academic honors in public interest. In February 2019, Shelby passed the Uniform Bar Exam and was sworn in by the Tennessee Supreme Court on June 4, 2019.
In her free time, Shelby likes to shop, read, journal, travel, attend concerts, listen to podcasts, and workout. She is an avid Louisiana State University sports fan and loves taking weekend trips to New Orleans. She also enjoys watching gymnastics and hanging out with her sister.