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Kathryn Kelly

Kathryn Kelly is an assistant United States attorney for the Northern District of Illinois. Kate graduated from DePaul University College of Law in 1993, where she served as symposium editor of the DePaul Law Review and a member of the National Trial Team. She then worked as a clerk for two years with the United States Court of Appeals in the Seventh Circuit. 

Following her clerkship, Kate joined the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney’s office. Kate has published two lead law review articles focusing on the First Amendment. Her practice as an AUSA includes the defense of Title VII and tort actions, and affirmative civil fraud litigation in addition to taking cases to verdict, in both jury and bench trials. Kate is also the past chair of the ISBA Standing Committees on Government Lawyers, Federal Civil Practice, Legal Education, and Women and the Law. Additionally, she has performed in the CBA Christmas Spirit production since 1993. Kate has shared her legal background in the classroom since 2000 as an instructor of MPS 563: Law and Public Policy.