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Counsel to the U.S. Attorney

Alison Donahue Kehner


Alison Donahue Kehner has served as Counsel to the United States Attorney and an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania since May 2018.   Ms. Kehner advises the U.S. Attorney on a variety of policy, operational, public affairs, and community engagement issues relating to the Office. Ms. Kehner also represents the Office in criminal cases before the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Prior to joining the Office, Ms. Kehner worked in private practice as a litigator at Dechert, LLP and in legal academia.  Most recently, Ms. Kehner was a member of the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she served as a Senior Lecturer in Legal Practice Skills.  In that capacity, she taught first-year and upper-level courses and assisted with all aspects of curriculum design for the Legal Practice Skills program.  Previously, she was a faculty member at Widener Law School, Delaware Campus. Ms. Kehner also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Marjorie O. Rendell, United States Circuit Judge of the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; the Honorable Morton I. Greenberg, United States Circuit Judge of the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; and the Honorable Mary L. Cooper, United States District Judge of the District of New Jersey.

Ms. Kehner earned a B.A. in History, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Delaware.  She earned her J.D., summa cum laude, from Villanova University School of Law, where she was a member of the Order of the Coif, valedictorian of her law school class, and a Senior Editor of the Villanova Law Review.

Ms. Kehner is involved in many charitable organizations in the community, including serving as a volunteer instructor with the Rendell Center for Civic Engagement in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and with the Chester Youth Courts Program in Chester, Pennsylvania.

Updated August 16, 2019

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