Erin Keith is the Staff Attorney for Youth Legal Services and Empowerment at the Detroit Justice Center. In this capacity, she helps youth and young adults remove critical legal barriers by litigating misdemeanors, child custody/support matters, and emancipation and expungement proceedings. She also leads youth justice education, advocacy and community outreach programming to teach Metro-Detroit young people about their legal rights. Erin previously served as the Juvenile Defense and Policy Fellow for Georgetown’s Juvenile Justice Initiative. In this role, she focused her policy research, legal advocacy, and project development on the intersection of race and gender to promote culturally responsive, youth-led juvenile justice reform. Erin graduated summa cum laude from Howard University in 2013 with her B.A. in Political Science and from Georgetown Law in 2016 with her J.D. and in 2018 with her LL.M.


How does it feel to be nominated for the iShallBe “She Inspires Me” awards?

It was a big surprise to be nominated! I am honored that someone took the time to think of me as a woman who inspires them. A lot of the time in public service careers, we’re doing thankless work. It was so nice for someone to give me the roses while I can still smell them.

What inspires you? 

What inspires me are the ancestors who have come before me...people who dedicated their lives to ensuring my generation would have an opportunity to thrive. I’m also inspired when I see other women loving themselves and walking in their purpose.