Recent Graduate Award, David Keenan '08
David Keenan ’08 grew up in poverty, dropped out of high school and went through the Juvenile Justice System. But he was determined to turn his life around — and years later, he remains committed to serving those who supported him along the way and encouraging young people. He helps support mentors for at-risk youth with Friends of the Children-King County, where he serves on the Board of Directors.
Keenan worked for 15 years as a federal law enforcement agent on human trafficking and financial investigations before he began attending the Seattle University School of Law’s part-time evening program. He graduated summa cum laude and was the December 2008 Dean's Medalist. He serves on the Law Alumni Board, the Recent Alumni Committee and is a member of the Dean's Club, the law school's leadership giving group.
Now an associate at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP, Keenan received the 2011 Outstanding Young Lawyer Award from the Washington State Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division. He provided approximately 400 hours of pro bono legal services to various clients, including representing the City of Seattle in its efforts to keep playgrounds safe from gun violence, appearing in King County Superior Court, the Washington Court of Appeals and the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington.
Keenan receives the Recent Graduate Award as part of our 40th anniversary celebration.