Erin Keith is the Staff Attorney for Youth Legal Services and Empowerment. Before joining the Detroit Justice Center team, she served as the Juvenile Defense and Policy Fellow for Georgetown’s Juvenile Justice Initiative. In this role, Erin focused her policy research, legal advocacy, and project development on the intersection of race and gender to promote culturally responsive, youth-led juvenile justice reform.
Erin graduated summa cum laude from Howard University in 2013 with her B.A. in Political Science and from Georgetown Law in 2016 with her J.D. While in law school, Erin dedicated herself to her community by teaching a human rights course at a local public high school and creating a “Know Your Rights” canvassing initiative in her capacity as Attorney General for Georgetown’s Black Law Students Association. She also served as a student attorney in the Georgetown Juvenile Justice Clinic, where she represented accused youth in delinquency and school disciplinary proceedings.
In addition to her campus involvement, Erin served as a judicial intern for a juvenile judge in D.C. Superior Court and as a Summer Associate for Miller, Canfield, Paddock, and Stone, P.L.C. She also interned with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, the U.S. Department of Justice in the Public Integrity Section, and the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia in the Juvenile Services Program.
In 2016, Erin published two articles: She Could Have Been Me: A Tribute to Renisha McBride, in the Harvard Journal of African American Public Policy, and Wronged Without Recourse: Examining Shortcomings of Compensation Statutes for Black Exonerees, in the Georgetown Journal of Law and Modern Critical Race Perspectives. In 2017, Erin was selected as one of ten fellows nationwide for the National Juvenile Justice Network’s Youth Justice Leadership Institute. As a part of her fellowship, she created the L.O.U.D. Brown Girls program, a workshop series to inspire girls of color who have touched the justice system to become youth advocates and pursue advocacy careers in the future. She is a member of both the State Bar of Michigan and the District of Columbia Bar.