Latonia Haney Keith joined the faculty of Concordia University School of Law as the Director of Clinical Education in 2015. In this role, Professor Keith directs Concordia Law’s clinical education program, teaching law students the practice of law through the representation of the disadvantaged and underserved.
Professor Keith joins Concordia Law after spending nearly seven years as Firm-Wide Pro Bono Counsel in the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery LLP, based in the firm’s Chicago office. In her role, Latonia worked closely with firm leadership to lead and manage all aspects of the firm’s pro bono, community service and charitable giving initiatives, both in the United States and abroad. She focused on developing new pro bono initiatives, encouraging pro bono participation across the firm, fostering deeper relationships with pro bono referral agencies, and establishing pro bono and community service partnerships with firm clients. Professor Keith also supervised and provided legal services directly to individuals and charitable organizations concerning a diverse range of legal issues.
Professor Keith is the immediate past president of the board of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel (APBCo), a membership organization of over 155 attorneys and practice group managers from 95 of the largest private law firms, who manage some of the most successful law firm pro bono practices. Professor Keith also served on the board of the National Immigrant Justice Center, Chicago Volunteer Legal Services and the Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Inc. and is a former president of the board of the Harvard Law Society of Illinois. She is a member of the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service, the Executive Committee of the American Bar Association Section of Business Law's Committee on Pro Bono and the Blue Ribbon Commission of the National Legal Aid & Defender Association. Until recently, she was also a columnist for the Chicago Lawyer writing on cutting edge issues in the pro bono, community service, charitable giving and diversity arenas.
In 2014, Professor Keith was named one of LawDragon's 500 Leading Lawyers in America and profiled along with 32 other lawyers, academics and judges in LawDragon's 2014 magazine. She was also honored with the Chicago Bar Foundation's 2014 Distinguished Service Award.
Professor Keith graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School, where she was a research assistant to Professor Laurence H. Tribe and Professor Charles Ogletree. She was also an editor of and symposium co-chair for the Harvard Law Review. After graduation, Professor Keith clerked for the Honorable Judith Ann Wilson Rogers on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
Harvard Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2003
University of Iowa, B.B.A., Finance, summa cum laude, 1997
Poverty, the Great Unequalizer: Improving the Delivery System for Civil Legal Aid, 66 Cath. Univ. L. Rev. (2016) (forthcoming).
Class Action Settlement Residue and Cy Pres Awards: Emerging Problems and Practical Solutions, 21 Va. J. Soc. Pol'y & L. 269 (2014) (co-author).
Criticism of Cy Pres Settlements Goes Too Far, The Recorder (Oct. 23, 2014) (co-author).
Creative Collaborations: Law Firms & Corporations, Law360 (Jun. 2, 2014) (co-author).
6 Tips For Addressing Cy Pres Awards In Class Actions, Law360 (Apr. 4, 2014) (co-author).
The Year Ahead in Pro Bono, Law360 (Jan. 4, 2014) (co-author).
Columnist, Am. Bar Ass’n Before the Bar Blog (2015-present), writing on issues impacting law students while in law school and as they enter the practice of law.
Columnist, Chicago Lawyer (2011-2014), writing bi-monthly column entitled Above & Beyond on key issues in pro bono practice, such as state bar pro bono requirements, the legal aid funding crisis, CLE credit for pro bono service, immigration reform, and cy pres awards in class action litigation.