David Ngaruri Kenney – Gaithersburg, Maryland

David Ngaruri Kenney overcame overwhelming odds to write a book called Asylum Denied which chronicles his experience with immigration and subsequent move into the world of law.

David Ngaruri Kenney and Family (photo: Brian Lewis/TheGazette)

The book received a human rights award from the Gustavus Meyers Center of Boston College. It was adopted as a required reading for incoming law students and as a teaching text for legal clinical programs by law schools across the nation. Those schools include New York University, Georgetown University, Fordham University, Hofstra University, and most recently, the University of Tulsa.

Kenney, a 1997 alumnus of St. Gregory’s, graduated from the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America with a juris doctorate in law and public policy. He currently works in Maryland for the Montgomery County State Attorney’s Office as a victim’s rights advocate for juvenile crimes. He also consults on immigration legal matters and lectures extensively to law schools, legal service institutions and most recently to the United States Asylum Officers Training Corp on the practical aspects of immigration processing.

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