This year Alice Keh stood out among the Suffolk University Law School students who dedicate thousands of hours to pro bono service annually.

Keh, a recent graduate, was honored for her consistent and unwavering dedication to pro bono advocacy when she was honored with both the Pro Bono Service Award announced during Commencement Weekend and the Student Pro Bono Award given during the Rappaport Center for Law and Public Service’s Annual Pro Bono Award Ceremony and Reception in April.

Keh has performed pro bono work in each her the six semesters at the Law School.

“This is no easy feat,” said Mia B. Friedman, director of Public Interest and Pro Bono Programs at the Rappaport Center for Law and Public Service. “Many students are so overwhelmed with their first-year classes that they understandably wait until their second year to begin taking on pro bono work and internships.”

Keh's record of service

However, Keh jumped right in. In her first year, she became an advocate at the Domestic Violence Institute at Boston Medical Center. She simultaneously volunteered at Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders, or GLAD, doing intake for people with legal issues relating to sexual orientation, HIV status, and gender identity. She continued her advocacy work on projects with the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center and the ACLU/Suffolk Law Police Complaint Assistance Project.

Keh also found time to become a member and then managing editor of Suffolk Law School’s Transnational Law Review. She participated in two different in-house legal clinics at the Law School, with the Battered Women’s Advocacy Program and with the new Indian Law and Indigenous Peoples Clinic. Her involvement with the latter led Keh to participate in preparing an amicus curiae brief for the federal Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

Said Friedman: “Our records show that Alice has accumulated more than 250 hours of pro bono work, but I’m confident that she actually has spent many more hours working to help those in need of legal advocacy. We look forward to watching her grow as an attorney and continue her commitment to ensure equal justice for all members of the community.”

University recognized for service

Suffolk University has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for three years running, and it has earned the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification. The services offered through the Law School’s clinical programs and pro bono efforts have been significant in earning these honors, which recognize institutions of higher education that encourage and support community service.