Keenan, David

David Keenan
Office Location: 
New Haven Office

David is Assistant Federal Defender. He regularly consults with our trial attorneys on novel legal issues and assists them with drafting trial and appellate briefs. In law school David was Student Director of the Yale Criminal Justice Clinic, Comments Editor of the Yale Law Journal, and winner of the C. LaRue Munson Prize for excellence in a clinical program and the Michael Egger Prize for best student Note published in the Yale Law Journal on a contemporary social problem. After graduating law school, David clerked for the Honorable Paul G. Gardephe, United States District Court Judge for the Southern District of New York. From 2015 through 2017, David was an Assistant Federal Public Defender based in our New Haven office. David has written widely on topics of criminal procedure, legal history, and legislation and has been published in a variety of law journals. His publications include The Science of Injustice, 101 JUDICATURE 41 (2017) (with Terry S. Ward); Discretionary Justice: The Right to Petition and the Making of Federal Private Legislation, 53 HARV. J. ON LEGIS. 563 (2016); Miranda Overseas: The Law of Coerced Confessions Abroad, 67 HASTINGS L.J. 1695 (2016); Note, An Offense Severity Model for Terry Stops, 123 YALE L.J. 1448 (2014) (with Tina Thomas); Taking the Presumption Against Extraterritoriality Seriously in Criminal Cases after Morrison and Kiobel, 45 LOY. U. CHI. L.J. 101 (2013) (with Sabrina P. Shroff); Note, The Myth of Prosecutorial Accountability After Connick v. Thompson: Why Existing Professional Responsibility Measures Cannot Protect Against Prosecutorial Misconduct, 121 YALE L.J. ONLINE 203 (2011) (with Jane Cooper, David Lebowitz, and Tamar Lerer). David earned his J.D. from Yale Law School. He earned his BA from the University of Southern California and a Master’s degree from Northwestern University