SHELLEY P. CARTER was born and raised just outside of Washington D.C. in Falls Church, Virginia. She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia with honors. Shelley obtained her law degree from Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota where she was on Law Review and graduated with honors.

Shelley is admitted to practice law in Maine where she has practiced for over a decade. She is a member of the Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Maine Trial Lawyers Association, Oxford County Bar Association, Oxford County Trial Lawyers and the Maine State Bar Association. Shelley lives in Fryeburg with her husband Jonathan and daughter Willow.