Alumna Honored for Public Service Work

Stasia Kelly, J.D.’81, was honored in October as the Centennial Attorney of the Year by the National Capital Area Council, Boy Scouts of America. “The award is given to attorneys who exemplify values that the Boy Scouts espouse, such as public service, honesty, and integrity, and Stasia certainly qualifies for this distinction," said Council Planning Committee member Tom Curcio, J.D. ’83.   

Currently a partner at DLA Piper, Kelly’s distinguished legal career includes serving as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Fannie Mae, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Sears Roebuck and Co., and Vice Chairman at American International Group. She also is a member of the Law School’s adjunct faculty, and will teach a securities law seminar in the next academic year.

The award recognized Kelly’s dedication to public service causes throughout her career. Among her many charitable endeavors, she is Co-Chair of the Washington Lawyers’ Committee and a past Chair of Equal Justice Works, and Director for both Lawyers for Children America and International Institute for Conflict Prevention Resolution. In addition, she is a trustee of the Carey School of Business at The Johns Hopkins University and a member of the Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford Law School.  

Kelly has also remained committed to GW Law, where she earned her degree magna cum laude, and was a member of the Order of the Coif and the Law Review. She served on the Class of ’81 Reunion Committee for the reunion in September. She is also lending her support and expertise to GW's Center for Law, Economics and Finance (C-LEAF). In November, she was a C-LEAF panelist for the discussion “Challenges in Corporate Governance: Directors Responsibility for Risk Management After Dodd-Frank.”

Although Kelly has contributed her talents and energy to many areas of public service and the legal community, she was an especially ideal honoree for the Boy Scouts of America because of her work with children. As Director of Lawyers for Children America, she worked to provide legal assistance to abused, abandoned, and neglected children. Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Lisa Schenck said, “Stasia has set a great example for the legal profession and GW Law by showing that community involvement can be an integral part of one’s professional life.” 

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