Kenneth Kaufman ’15
A high school trip to China “hooked” Kenneth Kaufman on the country’s language and culture. Then, 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 post-graduate clerkship with the Supreme Judicial Court, I had unparalleled opportunities to observe and participate in our justice system,” says Kenneth, who is now an associate with Ropes & Gray. “I chose Northeastern because I wanted client-based experience before I entered the profession. Now, through client relations or pro bono work, my goal is to help those who are not generally helped by the system.”
Massachusetts Superior Court, Boston, Massachusetts
Kenneth researched and drafted opinions and legal memoranda associated with both criminal and civil matters.
- Labor Law I
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.
- Jewish Law Students Association
- NUSL Softball Team
- Student Bar Association (chair)
Ropes & Gray, Boston, Massachusetts
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.
- Constitutional Law
- Legal Research and Writing
Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing, Honolulu, Hawaii
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.