Kate Burdick, Esq.
Kate Burdick is a Senior Attorney at Juvenile Law Center with over a decade of experience advocating for youth in the justice and child welfare systems. She first started at Juvenile in 2009 as the eighth Sol and Helen Zubrow Fellow in Children's Law, then later served as an Equal Justice Works Fellow (sponsored by Greenberg Traurig, LLP) and Staff Attorney. Between fellowships, she served as a law clerk to the Honorable Michael M. Baylson of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
Kate utilizes litigation and policy reform strategies to further Juvenile Law Center’s mission of advancing rights, dignity, equity, and opportunity for youth in the child welfare and justice systems. During her time at Juvenile Law Center, Kate has represented youth in dependency court and education proceedings; conducted trainings for child-serving professionals and youth; written amicus briefs, publications, and external communications; and worked closely with Juvenile Law Center’s Youth Advocacy Program. Kate focuses on keeping youth in their communities and out of carceral settings, as well as expanding and enforcing the rights of court-involved young people to fair and humane treatment and quality educational opportunities.
Kate has been actively involved in two successful federal lawsuits challenging solitary confinement and other conditions in juvenile prisons and continues to litigate to protect the rights of incarcerated young people. She also helped to successfully overturn the adjudication of Jordan Brown, who was wrongly accused of murder at age 11. Kate has helped change state and federal law and promote administrative guidance to increase education supports and protections for court-involved young people.
Kate graduated from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, where she pursued internships, clinical programs, and other opportunities focused on children’s rights, international human rights law, and immigration. Kate graduated magna cum laude from Brown University with a double concentration in Public Policy and Hispanic Literatures and Cultures, and studied abroad in Seville, Spain. Between college and law school, she taught at the American School of Guatemala and volunteered at a group home in Guatemala City.
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