Law Students of the Year: Katherine Fahey, Boston University

Katherine Fahey hails from a working-class background and is a committed social justice advocate. Since her arrival at Boston University School of Law, she has remained a consistent voice on campus on issues of diversity and inclusion.

Fahey has been instrumental in evolving the Critical Conversations program, a dialogue series on issues of identity and the law. Her leadership for two years on the mandatory summer component has resulted in the program being a staple of Boston University.

She is an outspoken supporter of public interest, demonstrated by her participation in Boston University’s pro bono pledge but also raising funds through the Public Interest Project to help support students’ unfunded public interest summer internships.

Fahey is passionate about immigration law and dedicated efforts to ensure the immigration clinic, which she has participated in, remains a prominent program on campus. She has spent many hours outside the classroom in leadership positions and volunteer efforts, while maintaining an impressive GPA. Last year, she was designated as a Paul J. Liacos Distinguished Scholar, for students who have completed the academic year above a 3.92 GPA.

She’s also served as the co-president to the Women’s Law Association, the vice president of the Immigration & Policy Law Society and chair of the Critical Conversations Orientation Committee.

This year, Fahey is an articles editor for the International Law Journal. Her pro bono work includes public records reform with the ACLU Massachusetts and naturalization applications with Project Citizenship.

She spent her first-year summer at the Immigrant Legal Resource Center in Washington D.C. as an immigration policy law clerk. Her second-year summer she worked as an associate in Goodwin’s Boston office, where she will return upon graduation.

Fahey is one of 25 future lawyers honored in the National Jurist’s 2017 “Law Student of the Year” feature. Find more honorees here

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