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Dean Erin Keyes (’00) Honored for Student Support by JTBF

SEPTEMBER 10, 2012—Law School Assistant Dean of Students Erin Keyes (’00) was recently named a recipient of the 20 Under 40 Award from the Just the Beginning Foundation (JTBF). New in 2012, the award recognizes young lawyers for their encouragement and support of students in pursuing their dreams.

Keyes works one-on-one with students to meet their learning challenges, offer academic and personal counseling, and facilitate their access to a range of support resources. She also directs the Law School's Student Services division and has been an active member and chair of the Law School’s Diversity Committee.

She helped organize the Summer Legal Institute, first presented at the Law School in 2009 and part of JTBF's Pipeline Programming to support diverse young students in pursuing higher education. It introduces high school students to the legal profession and its opportunities and lays the foundation for future success in school and beyond. The Law School's Career Center, under the directorship of Alan Haynes, has partnered with JTBF since 2011.

Keyes and other recipients of the 20 Under 40 Award will be honored Sept. 20 at JTBF's 20th anniversary celebration and conference, "Reaching Back, Lifting Up 2012," at Northwestern University School of Law. Other events during the four-day conference will included presentation of the JTBF Trailblazer Award to President Jimmy Carter, the Hon. George N. Leighton (ret.), Elaine Jones of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and the late Jerold Solovy.

The multiracial, nonprofit JTBF is composed of lawyers, judges, and other citizens dedicated to developing and nurturing interest in the law among young persons from various socioeconomic, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds. Its long-term goal is to increase racial diversity in the legal profession and judiciary.


Erin Keyes

Erin Keyes (’00)