Katherine L. Garrett
Biographical Sketch
Katia Garrett is a public interest lawyer and social justice advocate who has worked in
the District of Columbia since her 1985 graduation from George Washington University
Law School. Following a clerkship with U.S. District Judge Thomas F. Hogan (DDC),
she worked as a courtroom lawyer with the plaintiffs’ civil rights and employment law
firm of Kator, Scott & Heller.
Ms. Garrett served as the Executive Director of the DC Circuit’s Task Force on Gender,
Race & Ethnic Bias, and subsequently held positions within the US Department of
Justice, including as Chief of Staff to Eleanor D. Acheson, Assistant Attorney General,
Office of Policy Development.
She served for over eight years as the Executive Director of the DC Bar Foundation, the
largest funder of civil legal services in the District, launching the successful DC Poverty
Lawyer Loan Repayment Assistance Program and the DC Access to Justice Grants
Katia has taught as an adjunct at both the Washington College of Law at American
University and at George Washington University Law School, and has worked as a
consultant on class actions, dispute resolution, and non-profit management.
Her community service includes terms as the President and Board member of the
Washington Council of Lawyers, the Chair of the DC Circuit Judicial Conference
Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services, the Board of the National Association
of IOLTA Programs, and as a Complaint Examiner for the DC Office of Police
Complaints. Katia was named Woman Lawyer of the Year in 2012 by the Women’s Bar
Association of DC.
She lives in the District with her husband and two children, both of whom attend DC
Public Schools.