Kate graduated from Hope College with a B.A. in English. Her study included a year abroad at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. Before attending Notre Dame Law School, she worked for two years at the Wilson Inn Residence in Richmond, Virginia. The Wilson Inn was a church based agency serving women in transition from various life traumas. She briefly served as the agency’s acting director.
While at Notre Dame Law School, Kate worked as an intern at the Notre Dame Legal Aid Clinic, and was a member of the Barristers Trial Team for two years. She graduated in 1997, receiving the Dean David T. Link Award for Social Justice; the Edward F. Barrett Award for Outstanding Achievement in Trial Advocacy; the Arthur May Award for Trial Advocacy; and the Dean Konop Legal Aid Award.
After graduating, she worked as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for St. Joseph County from 1998 to 2002 focusing on Domestic Violence, Child Abuse and Sexual Assault cases. From 2002 to 2004, she continued her work with domestic violence survivors serving as the Legal Advocate at the Y.W.C.A. of St. Joseph County.
When she is not teaching at Notre Dame, she runs a not-for-profit enterprise called Motherhood.
Courses TaughtLAW75747, Moot Court Trial
LAW75710, Intensive Trial Advocacy