Japheth Matemu has earned a rare accolade after being admitted to the world’s most prestigious bar, United States Supreme Court.
He becomes the first Kenyan to join that elite club of lawyers in the western world’s highest democracy court. Interestingly, Matemu studied his undergraduate in law at the University of Nairobi’s Law School at Parklands. He joined the US Supreme Court bar on the 29th August, 2014.
“It’s just an indicator of being at the top of your profession in the United States,” He said, adding that it makes him feel proud to be part of an institution that’s so important to American democracy.
Mr. Matemu has practiced for many years in the United States and in New York City in particular. He worked for various large law firms in New York City before opening his own practice specializing in United States Federal Administrative Law and Immigration Law.
A seasoned litigator, Mr. Matemu holds an LL.B degree (Hons.), from the University of Nairobi and a Master of Laws (LL.M) degree from the prestigious American University, Washington College of Law in Washington, DC.
The diaspora community is organizing an event to celebrate this achievement in Raleigh, NC.
Now, that he has the court’s certificate on his wall, one of about a dozen items he has displayed. Still, it stands out.
“Though I am admitted in several Federal Courts, the Supreme Court one is really impressive,” he said.
Joining the group is really exclusive. It represents the highest professional level a lawyer can achieve in the United States.
Most lawyers in the United States will never be admitted to the Supreme Court and fewer still will ever get to argue a case there.
“I am feeling empowered to continue the great tradition of democracy and the rule of law in the United States,” he said.