Legal Rebels

NAACP Hires ‘Trailblazing’ Solo as General Counsel

Posted Feb 11, 2011 7:05 PM CST
By Rachel M. Zahorsky

Solo practitioner and ‘10 Legal Rebel Kim M. Keenan has been tapped as general counsel of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Keenan—the youngest attorney and second woman to hold the position—was selected, in part, for her dedication to “redressing the inequities still impacting women and people of color” within the legal profession, according to a press release (PDF).

“Kim’s experience and commitment to public service make her a valuable addition to our staff,” NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous said in the release. “She is a leader, a trailblazer and a clear voice for the cause of justice and equality.”

Keenan is a past president of the National Bar Association and District of Columbia Bar. Prior to the NAACP appointment, Keenan was the principal of the Keenan Firm, where she practiced complex medical malpractice litigation, mediation and arbitration.

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