Guyana, South America
From the courtroom to the community, Troy
Kennedy plans to make an impact on the world around him
Troy Kennedy knows about academic excellence. And he knows how
to succeed. As an undergraduate, he completed a rigorous computer
engineering curriculum with honors. Upon deciding to attend St.
John’s School of Law, he earned the Ronald H. Brown Scholarship—an
award named after one of the School’s most prominent graduates. Now
in his third year, Troy has been on the Dean’s list every
“I can’t say enough about the learning environment at St.
John’s. There’s a healthy sense of competition, and there’s a
healthy sense of learning. But there’s also a lot of camaraderie.
The students here aren’t at all cut-throat. They’re interested in
helping each other succeed.”
Troy also has been very active outside the classroom. He was the
historian for the Black Law Students Association (BLSA), and served
as Editor-in-Chief of the New York International Law Review.
“Being the editor-in-chief of the New York International Law
Review was an extremely enlightening experience. It enabled me to
learn how to lead my peers, which can be a difficult thing to do.
It allowed me to see how people work, how people function, what
motivates different types of people. I was very honored to be
selected for that position.”
On top of everything else, Troy also believes in the importance
of giving back. He participated in St. John’s Elder Law Clinic,
working on a case in which an elderly gentleman had been the victim
of consumer fraud.
“It was a tremendous opportunity. It made me realize that my
legal education really can make a difference in the world. Seeing
everything I’d learned come into fruition was really an eye-opening
As he prepares to graduate, Troy already has a very solid grasp
on his future. He’s accepted a position at Fitzpatrick, Cella,
Harper and Scinto, a Manhattan-based firm with several locations in
California and D.C. where he will practice intellectual property
law. But that’s not all that’s in his future.
“I also see myself being involved in the community,
philanthropy. One of the biggest reasons I wanted to go to law
school was so one day I would be in a position where I could
influence the community, influence government, and be able to
effect change. As a lawyer, you have a lot of the tools necessary
to do that.”
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