College of Law

LaKeytria W. Felder

Lecturer in Law

LaKeytria W. Felder is a staff attorney for Project Clean Slate in the City of Detroit, helping individuals expunge qualifying misdemeanors and felonies from their criminal record. Prior to this position, Felder was as an assistant federal public defender for thirteen years, first in the District of Maryland and most recently in the Eastern District of New York. She has represented indigent persons in every facet of litigation from investigations to appeals and post-conviction relief.

Prior to joining the federal defenders, Felder was a pro bono litigation fellow at Holland & Knight in Washington, D.C. In that capacity, her practice primarily focused on § 1983 civil rights actions brought on behalf of prisoners and juvenile pretrial detainees. Those cases challenged unconstitutional conditions of confinement, inadequate medical and mental healthcare, and excessive use of force. After law school, Felder clerked for the Honorable Petrese B. Tucker in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania followed by private practice in New York at Shearman & Sterling LLP.

Felder earned her undergraduate degree from Duke University and her law degree from Harvard Law School.

Felder enjoys planning travel adventures with her husband and three daughters, watching science fiction movies, and reading. She is a native of Charleston, South Carolina and loves visiting her family and hometown for the exquisite food and beaches.

Last Updated: 7/15/24