Morgan Kennedy '07, alumna

Morgan Kennedy ’07 graduated from Harvard Law School in 2010 and now lives and works in New York City as an associate in the law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. The firm, with 600 lawyers, is recognized as one of the nation’s most elite. It has offices in the United States, Europe and Asia, and routinely ranks among the top firms in the country. Kennedy works in Paul, Weiss’ corporate department.

She graduated magna cum laude from Princeton with a concentration in religion. As an undergraduate, she became interested in Islamic family law, specifically the place of women in post-revolution Iran. She enrolled in a number of religious studies courses, beginning with a freshman seminar she took with Professor Valerie Smith called “Religion and Resistance in the Narratives of Slavery.” Smith and Kennedy bonded immediately. “She became a mentor and a friend,” says Kennedy.

After that freshman seminar, Kennedy also took a graduate seminar with Smith and finished her Princeton career taking one last class with her on Toni Morrison. “She’s just very, very approachable,” says Kennedy of Smith. “Even when she was on leave at the Institute for Advanced Study, she took me to lunch there.”

Kennedy also served as business manager for The Daily Princetonian, the school’s independent student newspaper. She coordinated the selling and placement of ads, managed the paper’s budget, corresponded with the printer and the delivery trucks, and oversaw a staff of 24.

She spent an average of 25 to 35 hours a week at the paper’s office and says, “It was the most challenging, satisfying and instructive activity for me at Princeton.” Kennedy was a member of Tower eating club, where the majority of her socializing took place. “I ate three times a day there and went to parties there,” says Kennedy. “Every night I spent at least an hour at dinner talking to friends.”