Samantha M. Keng joined Bush Gottlieb in 2021 after clerking for the Firm during law school. Ms. Keng graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law with specializations in Critical Race Studies and Public Interest Law and Policy. During law school, she was a staff editor for the UCLA Law Review and admissions chair for the Asian Pacific Islander Law Students Association. In addition, she co-chaired the Race, Work, and Economic Justice Clinic, a collaborative project between the UCLA Critical Race Studies Program, Legal Aid at Work, and the Los Angeles Black Worker Center that assisted workers facing employment discrimination issues.
She spent her first summer and second year of law school with the Asian Pacific Islander Outreach Project at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, where she operated the Mandarin legal hotline, staffed community legal clinics, and assisted clients with a range of immigration matters. She also served as a legal extern with UNITE HERE Local 11, helping develop a comprehensive guide to unemployment insurance applications for workers in the hospitality industry during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ms. Keng received her Bachelor’s Degree in history and gender studies from Emory University, where she was a Woodruff Scholar. Prior to law school, she worked as the civic engagement coordinator at Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta, with a focus on expanding language access for local elections in Georgia. She speaks Mandarin Chinese.