David Keenan '08 didn't always see law school in his future.
He 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 law school'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.
He also helped represent the Capital Area Immigrants' Rights Coalition as amicus to the U.S. Supreme Court in its efforts to obtain post-conviction relief for non-citizen criminal defendants based on ineffective assistance to counsel. He serves as vice-chair of the King County Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division Board of Trustees and co-chair of the Membership Committee for the Federal Bar Association of the Western District of Washington.
Keenan feels fortunate to work with a committed group of alumni colleagues and is devoted to the future of legal education for students at Seattle University School of Law.
"I've found that the students and alumni of Seattle University School of Law are behind some of the best and most impactful contributions to the profession and pro bono services," he said. "I look at my giving as an investment in those efforts, which is returned many times over to our community."
"I’ve found that the students and alumni of Seattle University School of Law are behind some of the best and most impactful contributions to the profession and pro bono services."
Class of '08