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Katherine Shank

Deputy Director
Chicago, IL
Katherine Shank, Deputy Director, LAF: Katherine W. Shank is the Deputy Director at LAF. Kate is responsible for identifying and managing organizational issues regarding recruitment, hiring and retention of legal staff, development and implementation of program policy, support of directors in personnel and other matters, and work on matters of grant funding, program operation, and governance. Kate began her career at LAF in 2001 and was a supervising attorney in the areas of family law and domestic violence. She has also served as LAF's Interim Executive Director and the Director of Volunteer Services where she oversaw all pro bono efforts including project development, volunteer recruitment, private firm relations, law student recruitment and management, and management of the legal aid statewide VISTA program. Kate received her B.S. in Social Work from Miami University, J.D. from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, and a Certificate of Civic Leadership from the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago.