Keesha Gaskins '96
Attorney is an advocate for American democracy
Keesha Gaskins '96 is senior counsel at New York University's Brennan Center for Justice, named for the late Supreme Court justice William J. Brennan.
Lawyer and activist Keesha Gaskins ’96 is working to engage more Americans in the democratic process.
Of late, that has meant wading into the voter photo identification movement, a national discussion about whether voter identification reduces voter fraud or unnecessarily restricts access to voting.
Gaskins is senior counsel for the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice, New York University School of Law, New York City. She pursues issues of fundamental democracy at the Brennan Center, which is a combination think tank/public interest law firm/advocacy group.
Prior to that she was executive director of the League of Women Voters Minnesota, the state branch of that venerable organization that has fought since 1919 to improve government systems and impact public policies through citizen education and advocacy.
Gaskins previously worked as executive director of the Minnesota Women’s Political Caucus (MWPC), a grassroots, multi-partisan organization with the goals of equality and equal representation of women at all levels of government.
After graduating from St. Cloud State University, Gaskins attended Northeastern University School of Law in Boston.
Her early career stops included clerking for the Minnesota Supreme Court and the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, special assistant appellate public defender for the State of Minnesota and private practice trial attorney in the areas of product liability and employment law.
Gaskins has served in a variety of leadership and advocacy roles, including chair of the City of St. Cloud Human Rights Commission, member of the African-American Leadership Council for the Democratic National Committee, Minnesota State Bar Association Board of Governors, the Girls Scout Council of Greater Minneapolis and executive director of the Minnesota Women’s Political Caucus.