Cornell Law School
Myron Taylor Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-4901
Kate Skolnick is the Supervising Attorney and Director of the Survivors Advocacy Practice at the Center for Appellate Litigation (CAL). She is a graduate of Columbia Law School, where she was the Editor-in-Chief of The Jailhouse Lawyer's Manual, a self-help litigation resource for prisoners, and Chair of the Civil Rights Law Society. While in law school, Kate spent her summers at The Legal Aid Society's Prisoners' Rights Project in New York City and at Neufeld Scheck & Brustin, LLP, a civil rights firm. She was a student attorney in the Lawyering in the Digital Age Clinic, where she represented clients facing public benefits cuts and developed a database for advocates pursuing systemic change in New York's social welfare system; an extern with the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem; and a volunteer with the Community Oversight of the Police Project and Immigration Law Unit of The Legal Aid Society. She received Kent and Stone Scholar designations and feels grateful to have received a Lowenstein Fellowship to pursue public interest work in the years since completing her degree.
Kate received her B.A. in History, with distinction, from Stanford University, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. There, she began her lifelong pursuit of social justice, working on divestment, labor, and other campus campaigns, and serving as a researcher at the Martin Luther King, Jr., Papers Project.
Before joining CAL, Kate worked as a research scholar at the Center for Institutional and Social Change.