Katie earned a B.A. in Psychology and Spanish from Emory University in 2008. After graduating, joined the 2008 Teach For America Corps. She taught elementary school in the Bronx, New York, completing her two-year commitment, and continuing to teach for two more years. While teaching, she also earned an M.S.T. in Childhood Education from Pace University in 2010.
During her first year at Penn Law Katie joined the Custody and Support Assistance Clinic (CASAC) as an Advocate for pro se litigants in Family Court. This year she is continuing her work with CASAC as a Shift Manager, mentoring new Advocates, as well as serving on the board of CASAC as the Director of Training and Recruitment. She is also an Associate Editor on the University of Pennsylvania Law Review.
Katie spent her 1L summer at the Juvenile Rights Practice of The Legal Aid Society in the Bronx, New York. There she learned the ins and outs of Bronx Family Court, working on both dependency and delinquency matters. She interviewed clients, drafted motions and memoranda, went on home visits, observed court proceedings, visited juvenile detention facilities, prepared cases for trial, and researched legal issues. Katie plans to practice child advocacy law, and says that her summer at Legal Aid confirmed her passion for the work that she came to law school to pursue.