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2021 Unsung Legal Heroes: Kerry Conboy

As Legal Clinic Program Coordinator at the University of St. Thomas School of Law, Kerry Conboy is among a team of three staff members responsible for providing administrative support to all 14 legal clinics at the school.

In that role, she plans clinic information session for interested students, processes hundreds of clinic applications, helps plan orientation twice a year for incoming student attorneys, trains dozens of students every semester in our file management software, communicates with all faculty members and fellows and troubleshoots technology issues.

“It’s great to always be meeting aspiring lawyers,” said Conboy. “Their eagerness to learn makes me work harder.”

Conboy had studied Spanish as an undergraduate, and that put her on the path to the work she does now.

“While I was working at Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York, we got a grant to provide immigration legal services in the region where I’m from,” she said. “From there I transitioned into immigration law.”

Conboy is a trained immigration paralegal fluent in three languages, and often serves as an interpreter or translator for St. Thomas Law immigration clients.

She also works as a guest speaker for the school’s Community Justice Project clinic, teaching students how principles of human dignity can impact their mission to improve access to justice for marginalized populations. When the Criminal and Juvenile Defense clinic volunteered to represent peaceful protesters in the immediate aftermath of George Floyd’s murder, Conboy staffed a hotline, distributed flyers and made sure protestors had access to information about their legal rights.

She is also a member of the law school’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. As a first-generation college student herself, Conboy is a strong advocate for people who may not immediately feel at ease in a law school setting.

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