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A high school trip to China “hooked” Kenneth Kaufman on the language and culture.

As a Colby College student, he mastered Mandarin. At the same time, his interest in government and East Asian studies inspired a college internship with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee under then-Chair John Kerry, and a post-grad return to China, where he worked for International Bridges to Justice. For Kenneth, it all ties into increasing awareness and understanding among diverse cultures — whether they’re continents or miles apart.

“As a co-op student with the Superior Court and in my current clerkship with the Supreme Judicial Court, I’ve had unparalleled opportunities to observe and participate in our justice system,” says Kenneth. “When I join Ropes & Gray next year, I’ll be part of a team that values collaboration and public service. Whether through client relations or pro bono work, my goal is to help those who are not generally helped by the system.

Co-op 1

Massachusetts Superior Court, Boston

Kenneth researched and drafted opinions and legal memoranda associated with both criminal and civil matters.

Electives

  • Evidence
  • Corporations
  • Labor Law I

Co-op 2

US Department of Justice, Environmental Enforcement Division Washington, DC

An interest in government led Kenneth to a co-op in which he researched, analyzed and wrote briefs and memoranda in preparation for complex civil litigation. He also drafted civil complaints under the Clean Air Act.

Activities

  • Jewish Law Students Association
  • Student Bar Association (chair)
  • NUSL Softball Team 

Co-op 3

Ropes & Gray, Boston

Kenneth accepted a summer associate position with a leading global law firm, where he collaborated with attorneys in the corporate and litigation departments. This co-op led to a post-graduate job offer.

 

Teaching Assistant

  • Torts
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts
  • Legal Research and Writing

Co-op 4

Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing, Honolulu

Kenneth spent his final co-op with the largest litigation practice in Hawaii — and, yes, he managed to fit in some beach time as well.

After Graduation

Clerk, Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, Boston

NOW

Associate, Ropes & Gray, Boston

Result

A corporate attorney committed to public service.