Katherine Burdick, Esq.

Staff Attorney
Katherine Burdick, Esq.

Kate Burdick is a Staff Attorney at Juvenile Law Center, where she focuses on advancing education rights and improving outcomes for youth in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Areas of expertise include school stability for youth in care, the unique special education issues that arise for court-involved youth, educational decisionmaking, ensuring high quality academics and career/technical training for youth in residential facilities, and credit transfer/educational reentry issues.

She was previously the eighth Sol and Helen Zubrow Fellow in Children's Law and an Equal Justice Works Fellow (sponsored by Greenberg Traurig, LLP) at Juvenile Law Center.

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 graduated magna cum laude from Brown University, where she double concentrated in Public Policy and American Institutions and Hispanic Literature and Culture. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law in 2009.  During law school, Kate focused on child and family advocacy and conducted two internships at Legal Services for Children.  She also has a passion for international human rights and immigration work, which she honed through clinics and an internship at the Myrna Mack Foundation in Guatemala City. 

Before law school, Katherine taught at the American School of Guatemala and volunteered at a local orphanage.

Articles and Publications

Katherine Burdick, We Must Improve Education for Youth in the Juvenile Justice System, in Juvenile Justice: A Reference Handbook, pp. 132-36. Eds. Donald J. Shoemaker & Timothy W. Wolfe, 2016.

Katherine Burdick, Jessica Feierman, Catherine Feeley, Autumn Dickman, Robert G. Schwartz, Building Brighter Futures: Tools for Improving Academic and Career/Technical Education in the Juvenile Justice System, 2015.

Katherine Burdick, "Improving Access to Education for Court-Involved Youth," The Legal Intelligencer, September 23, 2013

Katherine Burdick, "Educational Stability Elusive for Youth in Foster Care," Adoptalk, Spring 2012

Katherine Burdick, Jessica Feierman, and Maura McInerney, "Creating Positive Consequences: Improving Education Outcomes for Youth Adjudicated Delinquent," Duke Forum for Law & Social Change, Vol. 3:5, 2011