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Alison Donahue Kehner

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Alison Donahue Kehner

Lecturer in Law

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 Office leadership on a variety of policy, operational, public affairs, and community engagement issues. 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 was a member of the full-time faculty at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School, where she served as a Senior Lecturer in Legal Practice Skills.  In that capacity, she taught first-year and upper-level skills courses and assisted with all aspects of curriculum design for the Legal Practice Skills program.  Previously, she was a full-time faculty member at Widener Law School, Delaware Campus, worked in private practice as a litigator at Dechert, LLP, and served as a federal law clerk to U.S. Circuit Judges Marjorie O. Rendell and Morton I. Greenberg and U.S. District Judge Mary L. Cooper.

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 actively engaged in her community, including serving as a volunteer instructor with the Rendell Center for Civic Engagement and with the Chester Youth Courts Program.  She also serves as a committee member of the Federal Bar Association’s National Government Relations Committee.  She also continues to remain active in the Penn Law community, serving as a Lecturer in Law and member of the Penn Law School Inn of Court.


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