Katie McCarthy / Cochran Fellow

Since joining NSB, Katie has been an integral part of the discovery process on several of the firm’s current cases, including taking depositions and litigating discovery disputes. Katie also helped partners Nick Brustin and Anna Benvenutti Hoffmann secure nearly $2 million from the California Victim’s Compensation Board on behalf of NSB client Craig Coley—the largest payment ever made under the state’s wrongful conviction statute. In addition, along with partner Anna Benvenutti Hoffmann and fellow Rick Sawyer, Katie protected a $36 million jury verdict for NSB clients John Restivo and Dennis Halstead by drafting the opposition to Nassau County’s petition for certiorari to the United States Supreme Court. When the Supreme Court denied review, Nassau County was required to pay the judgment in full.

While at Harvard Law School, Katie worked with a number of indigent criminal defense organizations, gaining experience in litigation at all phases of the criminal process—from arraignment to trial at the Harvard Criminal Justice Institute and the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia to post-conviction work at the Capital Appeals Project in New Orleans, Louisiana. She gained further litigation experience representing clients in Boston Immigration Court through the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic, and representing clients in their criminal show-cause hearings and prison disciplinary hearings as part of Harvard Defenders and the Prison Legal Assistance Project. As a research assistant, Katie contributed to scholarship on the over-proceduralization of the death penalty and the true import of the Civil Rights Amendments. She has also published an article examining the benefits and drawbacks of outfitting law enforcement with body-worn cameras.

Education
  • Harvard Law School, J.D., magna cum laude
    • Executive Editor, Harvard Law Review
    • Dean’s Scholar Prize in Criminal Law, Legislation and Regulation, First-Year Legal Research and Writing, Family Law, and the Criminal Justice Institute
    • Ames Moot Court Competition, Finalist and Oralist
    • James Vorenberg Equal Justice Summer Fellow
  • University of Pennsylvania, B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
Publications
  • Developments in the Law—Policing, 128 Harv. L. Rev. 1794 (2015)
  • Recent Case—In re Morgan, 127 Harv. L. Rev. 1252 (2014)
CONTACT INFORMATION

Phone: (212) 965-9081
Fax: (212) 965-9084

katie@nsbcivilrights.com
CLERKSHIP
Hon. Jesse M. Furman, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
Hon. Janice Rogers Brown, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
ADMISSIONS
New York
S.D.N.Y.; E.D.N.Y.


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