Law School Associate Professor and
Director, Legal Writing Program
BA, Spelman College
JD, New York University
Law School Assistant Professor and Director of the Legal Writing Program Sherri Lee Keene was most recently a staff attorney at the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the District of Maryland. In that position, Ms. Keene litigated appeals and motions, and researched novel issues of criminal law. She also served as an adjunct faculty member at the George Washington University School of Law. Ms. Keene previously clerked for Judge James T. Giles of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and worked as a civil trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice. She is a graduate of Spelman College and New York University School of Law.
Stories that Swim Upstream: Uncovering the Influence of Stereotypes and Stock Stories in Fourth Amendment Reasonable Suspicion Analysis, 76 Maryland Law Review 747 (2017).
Standing in the Judge’s Shoes: Exploring Techniques to Help Legal Writers More Fully Address the Needs of Their Audience, 50 University of San Francisco Law Review Forum 479 (2016). [Full Text]
Are We There Yet? Aligning the Expectations and Realities of Gaining Competency in Legal Writing, 53 Duquesne Law Review 99 (2015). [Full Text]
Victim or Thug? Examining the Relevance of Stories in Cases Involving Shootings of Unarmed Black Males, 58 Howard Law Journal 845 (2015). [Full Text]
One Small Step for Legal Writing, One Giant Leap for Legal Education: Making the Case for More Writing Opportunities in the 'Practice-Ready' Law School Curriculum, 65 Mercer Law Review 467 (2014). [Full Text]
It Was the Best of Practice, It Was the Worst of Practice: Moving Successfully from the Courtroom to the Classroom, 48 Duquesne Law Review 533 (2010). [Full Text]