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Featured Alumna: Kathleen Doty

Kathleen Doty

Kathleen A. Doty '08

Assistant Counsel, Office of General Counsel's Strategic Systems Programs
U.S. Department of the Navy, Washington, D.C.

Kathleen A. Doty, King Hall ’08, is currently the Assistant Counsel for the Strategic Systems Programs division of Office of General Counsel, U.S. Department of the Navy, Washington, D.C. Previously, she had served a number of years as Attorney-Editor at the American Society of International Law. She joined ASIL in the summer of 2011 as the Publications and Program Manager. In that capacity, she served as the managing editor of the American Journal of International Law and editor of the Society’s forthcoming Benchbook on International Law. In her position as Attorney-Editor, she managed ASIL’s International Legal Materials, ASIL Insights, and International Law in Brief.

Kate received her undergraduate degree from Smith College, where she studied Latin American Studies and Film Studies. Fluent in Spanish and proficient in French, Kate has worked with community organizations in the Hispanic and French Caribbean and studied abroad at La Universidad de la Habana in Cuba. Before pursuing law, she worked for Engel Entertainment, where she was a production assistant and sound recordist on adventure, science, and travel documentaries.

In 2008 she earned her Juris Doctor degree and a Public Interest Certificate from the University of California, Davis, School of Law. Kate was both coach and oralist on the Jessup International Moot Court Team, a member of the National Moot Court Competition Team, an officer on the Moot Court Board, and an inductee in the Order of Barristers. Kate was admitted to practice law in California in 2008.

Following her graduation, Kate served as law clerk to the Honorable Alexa D.M. Fujise on the Hawaiʻi Intermediate Court of Appeals. She then returned to Davis to serve as the inaugural Fellow of the California International Law Center at King Hall. In that capacity, she was the principal author of the Center’s 2011 Report Towards Peace With Justice in Darfur: A Framework for Accountability , which was recently reprinted in Volume 18 of the UC Davis Journal of International Law and Policy. During her tenure with the Center, she also served as Executive Editor of a special issue of the International Criminal Law Review entitled Women and International Criminal Law.

Through her affiliation with the National Institute of Military Justice, Kate recently returned from observing hearings in the case of Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri at Guantanamo. She reported on her experiences online at IntLawGrrls, a blog of which she serves as co-editor.