Kedric Payne L'01
Kedric L. Payne teaches in the fields of government ethics, lobbying law, and election law. His recent article, “How to Survive the Next Scandal: Replace Obsolete Campaign Finance Reform with Political Law Reform?” (17 U. Pa. J.L. & Soc. Change 329 (2014)), reframes the debate on the influence of money in politics. In 2014, he received the Law School’s Adjunct Teaching Award.
Mr. Payne is Deputy General Counsel for Environment and Compliance for the United States Department of Energy. Prior to his appointment to the Department of Energy, Mr. Payne was the Deputy Chief Counsel of the Office of Congressional Ethics, where he investigated ethics violations of Members of Congress. He practiced political law at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, advising clients on compliance with campaign finance, lobbying, and ethics laws. Before practicing political law, he was a litigator at Cravath, Swaine, & Moore LLP, where he defended clients in commercial litigation matters.
Mr. Payne was a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Shira A. Scheindlin in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. He also served as Editor-in-Chief of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review.