Bravo, Kevin Steele
One of my favorite Alumni Council members (though I’m sure we’re not supposed to have favorites) is Kevin Steele ’92g, who is first assistant district attorney in Montgomery County, Pa. He prosecutes a lot of homicide cases, and as a result he has fascinating stories to tell. He’s also a dedicated guy: I can remember at least one Council meeting when he showed up to each and every session, every reception, and every meal in spite of the fact that he’d been up all night dealing long-distance with a fresh homicide back home.
Yesterday the Philadelphia Inquirer printed a terrific profile of Kevin. The occasion for the profile is that Kevin is being honored nationally for helping get a murder conviction last October in the case of a man who shot wildlife conservation officer David Grove ’04—the first game officer to be killed in the line of duty since 1915.
Kevin has plenty of experience in prosecuting homicides, while his counterpart in rural Adams County—where the murder took place—does not. So Kevin offered his help, pro bono, to the Adams County D.A. (Shawn Wagner)—and used vacation time to do it.
Now he and Wagner are among six prosecutors nationwide slated to be honored next week with the Award for Outstanding Trial Advocacy in Capital Litigation. The award is given by the Association of Government Attorneys in Capital Litigation.
Kevin, by the way, was recently elected vice president of Alumni Council, meaning that he’ll become president of the Penn State Alumni Association in 2015.
Tina Hay, editor