Kevin Harden '07 is a KU alumnus success story

Kevin Harden '07 is a KU alumnus success story

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Kevin Harden '07

Philadelphia Native Kevin Harden graduated from Kutztown University in 2007 with a degree in criminal justice as well as a minor in political science and paralegal studies. Harden is now a catastrophic personal injury attorney at the law firm Ross Feller Casey, LLP. He has had experience in prosecuting as well as corporate law. Kevin offered insight on his time at KU as well as some words of encouragement for prospective students.

Why did you choose Kutztown University?
Jeff Jones (KU's Director of Admissions/Special Assistant for Enrollment Management and Diversity Recruitment) visited my high school and offered me a Board of Governors Scholarship. After visiting, I grew excited to attend.

What was your major and why did you select it?
I initially wanted to study kinesiology. After taking an introduction to criminal justice course, I felt remarkably comfortable discussing theory and practice in the justice system.     

What minors did you have and how have those been useful in the professional world?
I minored in political science and paralegal studies. The political science minor prepared me for the heavy influence of political theory in legal education. Paralegal Studies helped me hit the ground running in legal internships with judges and law firms.

How did you get your job and what do you do?  
I am a catastrophic personal injury attorney at the law firm Ross Feller Casey, LLP. The first seven years of my career were split between the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office and the national corporate law firm of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC. My time as a prosecutor provided me with experience investigating and prosecuting matters in court on behalf of injured parties - which is essentially what I do now. My time as a corporate lawyer introduced me to the areas of law and the standards of professional practice I employ when representing injured parties.     

How does your degree apply to what you do in your work?
My coursework at Kutztown provided me with the ability to speak to theories that cut across the dynamics of every case I am involved in. I use the same utilitarian theories of justice and accountability that I learned in my psychology, sociology and criminal justice courses every day when I developing theories for my cases.   

Which professors had a positive impact on your career?
Professors Jonathan Kremser and Rod Fisher were my two favorite professors at Kutztown. They took a practical approach to explaining remarkably complex societal problems. Professor Diane Tallarita of the Paralegal Studies program also had a huge impact on me professionally - her practical experience was remarkably useful. She had anecdotes about law firm life that I remembered as soon as I began working at a large law firm.    

What is your favorite memory of your time at KU?
My favorite Kutztown memories all involve our lunchtime relaxation sessions in the Student Union Building. Students would meet to discuss the latest news and to watch and enjoy television. It was a really good time.       

What would you tell a prospective student who is considering choosing KU?
Kutztown provides an excellent opportunity to obtain a quality education while simultaneously enjoying a thoughtful and impressive campus life. When you finish your time at Kutztown, you will have the flexibility to continue forward with whatever career you would like.