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Keeva Terry

  • Faculty, Law Department
  • School of Law


Professor of Law

J.D., Columbia University
M.B.A., University of Michigan
A.B., Harvard University


Professor Keeva Terry is a Professor of Law at Howard University School of Law. She teaches Wills, Trusts, & Estates, Federal Income Taxation, and Contracts. Professor Terry is an accomplished business and legal professional with a demonstrated commitment to teaching and public service. She has been voted Professor of the Year numerous times. 

Professor Terry examines systemic disparities in wealth preservation and federal income taxation in her scholarship and service. Using an interdisciplinary approach, she focuses on the development of legal solutions to address these disparities. Her articles have been published and cited in several nationally recognized law reviews. 

Professor Terry was instrumental in the passage of the Maryland Partition of Property Act, a modified version of the Uniform Partition of Heirs' Property Act. She also advocated for a similar bill in the District of Columbia, the Partition of Real Property Act of 2022, which became effective February 23, 2023. Both laws help families preserve their wealth and legacies in the form of real property. 

Professor Terry contributed significantly to the 2022 report, Strengthening Probate Administration in the District of Columbia. This report identifies a range of legislative, regulatory, policy, educational, pro bono, and practice changes that will aid the citizens of the District of Columbia, especially those who navigate the probate administration process without legal counsel. These proposals remain under consideration by the D.C. Council. 

Professor Terry is also engaged in discussions regarding legislation to increase access to non-probate options, such as transfer on death deeds, payable on death bank accounts, and motor vehicle death beneficiary designations. These non-probate options provide families an easy and affordable way to transfer and preserve generational wealth as they allow loved ones immediate access to assets without having to endure the expense and frustration of the estate administration process. This is especially important because most Americans die without a will. 

Professor Terry earned her A.B. degree from Harvard University, her M.B.A. degree from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, and her J.D. degree from Columbia University School of Law. She previously worked as an associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and as a tax consultant at Ernst & Young.