Jack C. Keeney, Jr.

Director, Barbara McDowell Appellate Advocacy Project

Jack C. Keeney, Jr. is the Director of Legal Aid’s nationally-recognized Barbara McDowell Appellate Advocacy Project. Jack handles high-impact precedent-setting poverty law cases before the D.C. Court of Appeals and other appellate bodies. Jack also provides advice and counsel to Legal Aid and other D.C. legal services attorneys on a wide range of appellate matters. Under his leadership, the National Legal Aid & Defender Association cited Legal Aid’s appellate advocacy project as a “model of excellence” for other such programs across the country.

Jack joined Legal Aid in January 2011 after more than three decades as a litigator at Hogan & Hartson (now Hogan Lovells), Washington’s oldest and largest law firm, where he had been a partner since 1985. While at the firm, he served for over four and a half years as the partner in charge of its full time pro bono Community Services Department. During Jack’s time in that position, the firm received the 1991 American Bar Association Pro Bono Publico Award as best law firm pro bono program in the country. For over two decades, Jack was co-chair of Hogan’s legal ethics committee. He taught legal ethics for three years as an adjunct faculty instructor at American University’s Washington College of Law.

Jack has a long history of involvement and leadership in the bar. He was elected and served as President of the District of Columbia Bar (2004-2005) and a Delegate to the American Bar Association House of Delegates (2003-2005). He is a past co-chair of the Adjudication Committee of the ABA Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Section. He is the past 2007-2010 chair of the ABA Standing Committee on Election Law, the past 2009-2010 ABA adviser to the Uniform Law Commission Drafting Committee on the 2010 uniform law on military and overseas absentee voters. He chaired for six years the legal needs subcommittee of the D.C. Bar pro bono program and organized and participated in its first law firm pro bono clinic night. From 2005 to 2010, Jack served on the Advisory Committee on Procedures of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. In addition, he served as a past co-chair of the National Lawyers Council of the Democratic National Committee, and past hearing officer for the Standing Committee on Credentials at the 1992 and 1996 Democratic national conventions. Jack is a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

Jack has received numerous accolades during his distinguished career, including the 2010 Wiley A. Branton Award, which is the highest honor of the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, in recognition of three decades of civil rights leadership and service, and the 2012 Justice Potter Stewart Award from the Council for Court Excellence for significant and sustained contributions to justice in the District of Columbia. He has been listed for many years in the Washingtonian magazine’s Top Lawyers in Washington, D.C.; in D.C. Super Lawyers; and in Who’s Who in American Law, Who’s Who in America, and Who’s Who in the World.

Jack was born in Washington, D.C. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame (where he captained the debate team) and Harvard Law School (where his team won the Ames moot court championship), Jack clerked for U.S. District Judge Alexander Harvey II in Baltimore before joining Hogan & Hartson.

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J.D., Harvard Law School
B.A., University of Notre Dame


Email: jkeeney@legalaiddc.org
Phone: (202) 661-5966
Fax: (202) 727-2132