Attorney Dawn M. Kelliher graduated cum laude from the University of Massachusetts School of Law in May of 2017 and was subsequently admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in November, 2017. Prior to and during law school, Attorney Kelliher worked full time as the Executive Assistant to the Head of School at the Wheeler School in Providence. Additionally, Attorney Kelliher was the 2014 recipient of the Acquilla Ward Scholarship, awarded annually to one student who demonstrates academic excellence; an extraordinary level of service to the law school; and an overriding commitment to the law school, the community, and their fellow students. Attorney Kelliher was also awarded the Marshall & Barbara Sloane Foundation Scholarship in 2016.

Attorney Kelliher’s professional career began as a teacher and she was able to demonstrate her love of teaching by serving as a Dean’s Fellow and Teaching Assistant for Legal Writing I & II and Property I & II during law school, where she tutored peers and underclassmen. Attorney Kelliher was also honored to be selected as an Executive Board member of the UMass Law Review, where she taught classes to associate editors in her role as Executive Notes and Media Editor.

In May of 2016, Attorney Kelliher was invited by her Property professor to present at the AASE Annual Conference. Their presentation was entitled, “What Matters is What You Can Measure: ABA Learning Outcomes and Academic Competencies” and discussed ways that teaching assistants could effectively help professors in incorporating the new ABA Standards. 

Before starting her own law practice, Attorney Kelliher began her practical law career with a judicial internship with the Honorable Katherine Field from the Taunton Family and Probate Court. Attorney Kelliher then worked on several cases with Attorney Richard E. Kuhn III, spanning from landlord/tenant to consumer protection to criminal defense.

Attorney Kelliher is also a coach to the Wheeler School’s Mock Trial Team.




“Don’t Quit Your Day Job: Imputed Income as it Applies to Involuntary Impoverishment,”

UMASS LAW REVIEW BLOG, August 17, 2016.