Kwaku Akowuah is a partner in Sidley’s Supreme Court and Appellate group. In recognition of Kwaku’s litigation success, he was recently named a “D.C. Rising Star” by the National Law Journal 2015. In addition, Kwaku was recently recognized in the Washington Business Journal‘s 40 Under 40, a list of 40 professionals, under the age of 40, who have “scaled the ranks” in the Washington area. Kwaku maintains an active pro bono practice. He recently argued a Fourth Circuit appeal concerning fast-track immigration removal orders and is handling a habeas challenge to immigration detention in Maryland Federal District Court. For these efforts, he was named to the inaugural pro bono honor roll of the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition. Prior to joining Sidley, Kwaku served as a law clerk to Justice Stephen Breyer of the U.S. Supreme Court. From 2009 to 2012, Kwaku was an Attorney-Adviser in the Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice. In that role, he provided legal advice to departments and agencies of the executive branch on a variety of matters, including questions relating to the constitutional separation of powers, the interpretation of federal statutes, and international law principles. Prior to his time at the Justice Department, Kwaku was an associate in the appellate litigation practice of a global law firm in New York, where he also gained trial court experience representing clients in commercial, products-liability and securities cases. Kwaku began his legal career by clerking for the Honorable Robert A. Katzmann of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the Honorable Nicholas G. Garaufis of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.
Kwaku earned his law degree, magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School. He received his A.B. from Princeton University where he studied public policy at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Between college and law school, Kwaku studied at Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany, on a fellowship grant from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).