Kate Chatfield

KATE CHATFIELD, POLICY DIRECTOR

Prior to becoming policy director at Re:store Justice, Kate directed the Criminal and Juvenile Justice and the Racial Justice Law Clinics at the University of San Francisco School of Law, training students to represent indigent clients in the trial court. Kate worked as a criminal defense attorney for ten years, working both in private practice and at the Office of the State Public Defender. In her practice, Kate represented clients at all levels in the criminal justice system: in juvenile court, adult court, on habeas, and on appeal. Kate graduated with High Honors from the University of California at Berkeley and obtained her J.D. cum laude from the University of San Francisco School of Law, having started law school when her children were 3 and 6 years old. Kate has worked with the homeless in Skid Row, Los Angeles and the Bay Area. In 1995, Kate co-founded a non-profit organization that began as a homeless dining room, and has since expanded to include an emergency homeless shelter and three homes offering permanent supportive housing for the formerly homeless and incarcerated.

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RSVP: False Confessions Lecture at USF School of Law on April 11th

RSVP: False Confessions Lecture at USF School of Law on April 11th

"False confessions are one of the leading factors contributing to the conviction of innocent people in the United States. As DNA evidence has exonerated hundreds of people, the role of false confessions has also been brought to light. Why do innocent people confess? How often does this occur? Is there a pattern to false confessions? Hamill Family Chair Professor of Law and Social Psychology Richard A. Leo will address…