January 11, 2018

Altomease Rucker Kennedy '71 Chosen As 2018 Recipient of Marguerite Barland '60 Merit Award

Altomease Rucker Kennedy '71

Congratulations to Altomease Rucker Kennedy '71, the 2018 recipient of the Marguerite Barland '60 Merit Award, which honors the achievements of Goucher's African American alumni. Kennedy, a distinguished litigator and trial lawyer, is being celebrated for both her service to Goucher and her incredible success championing the public interest in whistleblower cases across the United States. Kennedy will receive the award on Goucher's campus at the 12th annual Jewell Robinson Dinner, February 23, 2018.


Altomease R. “Al” Kennedy is a Partner in the Washington, DC office of Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP, a national law firm with offices in Washington, DC, New York, California, and Tennessee. She received her J.D. degree from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1975. Ms. Kennedy has a long history of successful representation of whistleblower clients in cases arising under the False Claims Act and currently represents whistleblowers in a range of sealed and unsealed Federal and State False Claims Act False Claims Act/Qui Tam suits under investigation by the United States and other governmental stakeholders.

A member of the District of Columbia Bar and the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia, Ms. Kennedy has served as secretary of the Qui Tam Litigation Subgroup of the American Trial Lawyers Association (ATLA). She was also a member of The Advisory Committee to the District of Columbia Bar Foundation. Ms. Kennedy is a former President of the Board of the Frederick B. Abramson Memorial Foundation, which provides financial aid to college-bound D.C. Public School graduates and stipends to lawyers working for public interest organizations. Ms. Kennedy also served two terms as a member of the Goucher College Board of Trustees and is a past Vice President of the Board of Directors of City Lights School.