Boy Scout Abuse Successes
Kelly’s work against the Boy Scouts goes back to the mid-1990′s when he took the first of the current wave of cases against the Scouts (see discussion of Fearing and Lourim cases above). Since the successful resolution of the Lourim case after the Supreme Court win, Kelly has handled or is handling nearly a dozen other cases against Scouting organizations.
In 2003 and 2004, Kelly, working with co-counsel, won a settlement from the Scouts in the context of an Explorer Scout who had been abused by a police officer in the City of The Dalles, Oregon. The case against the Boy Scouts was settled some months before trial, and OC &C associate Jonathan Clark won a strong verdict at trial against the City of The Dalles. That judgment is now on appeal before the Oregon Supreme Court, where significant issues of the statute of limitations in child abuse cases will be decided.
Currently (2007) Kelly is fighting on behalf of another ten clients in several different cases who were abused by Scout leaders– often in affiliation with various entities of the LDS (Mormon) Church. Watch these pages for developments.