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Kathryn E. Gardner

Local Legal Initiative Attorney - Oklahoma
Kathryn E. Gardner

Kathryn E. Gardner is a Local Legal Initiative staff attorney based in Oklahoma. She joins the Reporters Committee from Still She Rises in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the first holistic defense office in the country dedicated exclusively to the representation of mothers in both the criminal and civil legal systems. In her role at Still She Rises, Kathryn used the Oklahoma Open Records Act to promote transparency and hold government actors accountable.

Kathryn received her J.D. from the University of Oklahoma College of Law. During law school, Kathryn was captain of the civil rights moot court team and an editor of the Oklahoma Law Review, of which she was twice named Outstanding Member. Her law review article on the intersection of the Fourth Amendment and modern surveillance technologies earned her the law school's Frank C. Love Memorial Prize for Excellence in Legal Writing. Kathryn also earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Oklahoma, where she studied nonprofit organizations and graduated summa cum laude.

Before attending law school, Kathryn worked in various roles across the nonprofit sector and launched a nonprofit organization, Aspiring Americans, to help connect Oklahoma's undocumented student population with opportunities for success. Kathryn is a graduate of Leadership Tulsa and an active member of her community. The Tulsa County Bar Association named her the 2019-2020 Outstanding Young Lawyer in recognition of her reputation as a lawyer and dedicated service to the profession and community.

Admitted to practice in Oklahoma.