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“I’m so grateful to be able to return to the service of our most vulnerable persons after years of working for a state agency. As a public defender, I witnessed and realized my immense privilege daily while my clients faced seemingly insurmountable barriers. Even in dire circumstances, they often demonstrated as much or more grace and respect than the system ever showed them.”
Throughout her career, Kathy has led and supported her profession in its administration, and especially in growing diversity in the Wisconsin bar. She is an incorporating member of the Wisconsin Asian American Bar Association, and former chair of and participating clerk in the State Bar’s Diversity Clerkship Program. As the nation’s demographics change, she believes, our attorneys need to reflect and understand the changing needs of our clients, and their clients.
When she returned to her hometown of Madison as Assistant General Counsel for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation in 2007, Kathy’s practice expanded from the legally narrow area of criminal practice to the broad areas presented by her new client. Kathy drafted and reviewed legislation and administrative rulemaking, negotiated, drafted and reviewed intergovernmental agreements with many public and private partners, and advised the department on public contracting, bidding and other construction law matters. Kathy practiced before the WI Equal Rights Division, the U.S. E.E.O.C., as well as before the Division of Hearings and Appeals on issues ranging from driveway permits and advertising signs, to rail crossing construction and employment. Kathy also represented the department in significant transportation projects and disputes.
She now supports Porchlight, Inc. as their counsel, working with the non-profit community to serve Dane County’s homeless population.