Kevin Judd: D.C. Bankruptcy Attorney

D.C. Bankruptcy Attorney and 2016 President of the National Bar Association

Being a stockholder on Wall Street just wasn’t satisfying enough for Kevin Judd (J.D. ’92). Judd wanted to embark on a new journey that would allow him to impact the community and be an effective leader.

“I felt like something was missing from my life,” he said. “I did not feel like I was contributing to society in a significant or meaningful way, and intuitively felt I needed to make a major change in my life.”

In conjunction with his undergraduate business degree and the stellar education that he had received from Howard, Judd built a strong foundation for his legal career.

With the help of his mentor, Alvin Pittman (J.D. ’78), Judd was able to open his own legal practice, Law Firm of Kevin D. Judd P.L.L.C., in 1994 in Washington, D.C. His firm, whose motto is “Your Gateway to Financial Freedom,” specializes in bankruptcy, a mechanism that Judd felt could alleviate economic pressures and provide people with ways to establish a good financial footing.

“I get a great sense of satisfaction when I am able to help individuals secure their home from foreclosure and lift the heavy weight of debt that keeps people in fi nancial bondage,” Judd said. “In fact sometimes, I equate undue debt burdens as modern-day slavery, because these folks Kevin Judd D.C. Bankruptcy Attorney and 2016 President of the National Bar Association By Nkechi Nnorom are unable to contribute in the world’s greatest economic system and cannot live their lives in a fruitful and fulfilling manner.”

Judd’s ability to guide members in the D.C. community opened more doors for “rewarding” leadership roles. In late July, Judd was elected the 74th President of the National Bar Association, the oldest and largest national voluntary legal association with a network of more than 66,000 predominantly Black lawyers, judges, educators and law students.

The theme of his presidency is securing “Justice through Unity Collaboration.” With the support of motivated board members, Judd plans to tackle police misconduct and criminal justice reform, economic justice and empowerment, human trafficking and to protect voting rights, judicial diversity and preservation of HBCUs.

He currently serves on the Local Rules Advisory Committee for the United States Bankruptcy Court for D.C. Judd also has served as president for the Washington Bar Association and national president of Howard University Law Alumni Association.

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