We are proud to announce that Kent McKeever has been recognized as the 2023-2024 Distinguished Practitioner in Residence George Barrett Social Justice Program at Vanderbilt Law.
The practice of law can be a powerful experience that helps individuals, communities, and systems flourish. Stepping into the “Justice Gap” straight out of law school in 2012, Kent experienced the truth, wisdom, and power of the lived experiences of those often shut out of the halls of justice as he formed a community-driven non-profit law firm in Waco, Texas.
Kent believes that the stories of strength and resilience of Greater Waco Legal Services clients and community can inspire and transform us, and our systems—that innovation and compassion will be a vital part of the healing that our justice systems, communities, and even we as individuals, need.
Kent McKeever founded Greater Waco Legal Services in 2017 with a passion for providing folks in Waco-McLennan County and surrounding areas access to the justice system through affordable legal representation, advice and resources. Kent serves as the Managing Attorney Partner and works with clients on cases involving immigration, wills, probate, and property. Kent graduated from Baylor University in 2001 and Princeton Theological Seminary in 2004. While serving as a youth minister and Pastor/Director of a non-profit ministry, Kent saw the need for legal advocacy on many levels, which led him to Vanderbilt Law School (J.D. 2012). After law school, Kent started a legal services program with Mission Waco, and it laid the foundation for the realization of the dream of this nonprofit law firm. Kent is the proud husband of Emily and father of Zoe, CJ, and Mathis.
The George Barrett Distinguished Practitioner in Residence program recognizes attorneys who have distinguished themselves in the practice of public interest law and whose experience and perspective will enrich our academic environment.