Katie’s has assisted pro bono clients in such diverse areas as immigration concerns, prisoners’ rights, and international human rights. For many years, she has supported the Georgian delegation at the annual Conference of the Parties under the United Nations Framework on Climate Change, including negotiating on behalf of Georgia at COP26 in 2021. She has also helped to conduct trial advocacy training for police prosecutors throughout the Caribbean and in Guyana through DLA Piper’s New Perimeter Program in conjunction with the National Center for State Courts. 

Along with several of her colleagues, Katie received the 2019 Award for Excellence in Pro Bono Service from the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, in conjunction with the Chicago chapter of the Federal Bar Association, in recognition of their representation of two boys who were separated from their parents after crossing the US-Mexico border to seek asylum in the United States. DLA Piper and co-counsel, who were also recognized, successfully challenged the decision of the US government to separate the boys, who were 16 and nine years old, from their fathers. The families were reunited after more than six weeks of separation.

Katie also received DLA Piper’s 2022 North American Pro Bono Award.