Supervising Attorney, Fair Housing Clinic
Juris Doctor and Certificate in Public Policy - The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law
BA - History Hollins University (formerly College)
Originally from Lynchburg, Virginia, Keeshea Turner Roberts graduated in 1996 from Hollins University (formerly Hollins College), a women’s college located in Roanoke, Virginia. Prior to law school, Keeshea worked as a family/child caseworker and court advocate at the YWCA-Domestic Violence Prevention Program (DVPP) in Lynchburg, Virginia. DVPP’s mission is to provide support for domestic violence victims and work towards the reduction and elimination of family violence. It was this experience that compelled Keeshea to go to law school. She attended the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law (CUA-CLS) graduating in 2002 with a Juris Doctor and a certificate in Public Policy. During law school, Keeshea interned in a variety of legal settings including the American Civil Liberties Union for the National Capital Area, United States Department of Justice, Legal Services for Northern Virginia, and the Public Defender’s Office for the City of Alexandria. In addition to interning, Keeshea was very active in the law school community. She was a member of the Honor Court and Thurgood Justice American Inn of Court. Keeshea received several awards while attending CUA-CLS including the First Lap and Extra Mile Awards.
Following law school, Keeshea worked in various legal settings including clerking for four judges on the DC Superior Court, and litigating family and public benefits cases on behalf of indigent DC residents at Neighborhood Legal Services Program (NLSP). While at NLSP, Keeshea rose through the ranks from temporary staff attorney to managing attorney for a neighborhood office. She was a sought-after family law and practice expert and was a frequent instructor and guest lecturer at area law schools and other DC Bar related programs. In 2017, Keeshea successfully graduated from the DC Bar’s John Payton Leadership Academy. This academy provides DC Bar members with an intensive training program to develop and sharpen the necessary skills to be successful leaders of the Bar and throughout their careers.
In 2017, Keeshea also ventured into academia. She began the journey by working at Rising for Justice (formerly DC Law Students in Court) as a supervising attorney in the Criminal and later the Housing Advocacy and Litigation Clinics. Since 1969, Rising for Justice’s (RFJ) mission has been to leverage the collective forces of students from American University’s Washington College of Law, Georgetown University Law School, George Washington School of Law, Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law, and UDC’s David A. Clark School of Law and experienced advocates to achieve justice for all. At RFJ, Keeshea taught students housing and criminal law practice areas as well as supervised the litigation of cases at DC Superior Court. In addition to her duties as a supervising attorney, Keeshea also was the co-director of the Civil Protection Order Project (CPOP). CPOP was the brainchild of Moses Cook, the former Executive Director of RFJ and Keeshea. CPOP is the first of program of its kind that provides litigation and mediation services for respondents (also called “defendants” in most jurisdictions) in domestic violence cases.
Currently, Keeshea is an adjunct clinical law professor and supervising attorney at Howard University School of Law’s Fair Housing Clinic (FHC). FHC is a year-long clinic that exposes second and third-year law students to housing topics such as discrimination and eviction defense. Students take the attorney roles of counseling, negotiating and in some cases litigating on behalf of their clients. Additionally, Keeshea was selected as a Bellow Scholar for the 2021-2022 cycle.