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Cortelyou C. Kenney
Thomas C. Grey Fellow


Cortelyou C. Kenney specializes in human rights and civil procedure. Her work explores jurisdiction over and the sovereignty of entities ranging from foreign countries and their leaders, to multinational corporations and terrorist groups, to Indian nations and U.S. territories. Ms. Kenney received her A.B., summa cum laude, from Dartmouth College and her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, where she was awarded the Philip & Barbara Kaplan Scholarship for the third-year student who exemplifies exceptional academic capacity and dedication to public interest. After graduating, she clerked for Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York and Judge Roger L. Gregory of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. She then served as an Associate at WilmerHale, where she split her time between the Appellate & Supreme Court and National Security practice groups, working extensively on transnational litigation and the boundaries of Indian Country. In 2012, she took a position at the National Women's Law Center, where she had a diverse portfolio that included issues related to women in the military and comparative law. Prior to law school, she spent a year in Chile on a Lombard Fellowship at a Chilean NGO, where she dedicated her time to forced disappearance and torture cases arising from the Pinochet regime. During her law school summers she worked on the Ecuadorian case against Chevron for dumping toxic waste in the Amazon and on enemy non-combatant detention cases at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law.