Kayonia Whetstone is an Assistant Professor of Legal Writing with nearly thirteen years of experience as an appellate prosecutor. She believes that good legal writing is an essential tool for every attorney. Consequently, she is tremendously excited to work closely with students to hone their written and oral advocacy skills to promote their success in law school and beyond. Professor Whetstone is passionate about diversity within the legal field and shaping a more balanced criminal justice system. Her research interests center on overcoming stigmas that prevent people of color from seeking legal help, and generating positive relations between law enforcement and local communities.
Before coming to St. John’s, Professor Whetstone served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Bronx and Queens counties where she litigated numerous direct appeals and other matters in the Southern District of New York, as well as New York State’s trial and appellate courts. She argued and briefed several cases before the New York Court of Appeals. She also conducted post-adjudication insanity hearings and trials, post-conviction hearings, and served as an on-call homicide duty prosecutor.
Professor Whetstone earned her Bachelors of Arts in Economics from Wesleyan University and her law degree from Howard University School of Law where her studies focused on Race, Employment and Labor law, as well as Alternative Dispute Resolution. She is thrilled to join the faculty at St. John’s Law.