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Katie Niejadlik

Pro Bono Manager

Austin, TX
212-641-2211
niejadlik@fr.com
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Background

As the pro bono manager at Fish & Richardson, Katie Niejadlik oversees the firm’s pro bono efforts and initiatives, providing the leadership, strategic planning, and direction needed to strengthen the firm’s overall culture and participation in the pro bono arena.

Her deep knowledge of public interest legal organizations and involvement with the public interest landscape on a national level enable her to bring meaningful pro bono opportunities to Fish’s attorneys. Katie successfully identifies and then leverages creative ways to utilize Fish’s greatest resource — its people — to increase access to justice for low-income individuals by working with legal service providers on the national and local levels in the communities where Fish has offices.  Under Katie’s leadership, Fish has broadened its immigration pro bono practice, emerged as a national leader in providing pro bono representation to low-income inventors through the U.S.P.T.O. Pro Bono Program, and increased its advocacy in the Voting Rights space, particularly in the wake of Shelby County v. Holder (2013), which struck down two important provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Before joining Fish, Katie was the pro bono administrator at the Legal Aid Society, the oldest and largest not-for-profit legal services organization in the country. In her role at Legal Aid, Katie served as the liaison between the private bar and a staff of 1,600, facilitating and sustaining pro bono partnerships in New York City, and overseeing pro bono referrals to the private bar in civil, criminal, and juvenile rights practices. In her role, Katie developed systems and protocols for emergent pro bono projects and oversaw the Society’s first-ever Public Interest Fellowship Program, which was created in response to the 2008 financial crisis and the resulting subsequent deferral of incoming first-year associates across New York City.

Katie’s focus on promoting social justice extends beyond her role at Fish; she is a volunteer with CASA (“Court Appointed Special Advocates”) of Travis County, serving as a guardian ad litem for abused and/or neglected children in foster care. Katie also ran the 2015 New York City Marathon as a member of Team Innocence Project, raising funds to exonerate the wrongly convicted through DNA testing.

Education

B.S., University of Massachusetts Amherst
Political Science and Communications

Memberships & Affiliations

The Association of Pro Bono Counsel (APBCo)

  • Director and Executive Officer, 2015-present

  • Treasurer, 2015-present

  • Finance Committee Co-Chair, 2016-present

  • Marketing Committee Co-Chair, 2016-present

  • California Inventor Assistance Program Steering Committee Member, 2014-2016

    Other Distinctions

    Community Involvement

    CASA of Travis County, 2017-present.

    Community Involvement

    Received the “Leading Light” award from Immigration Equality (2017).

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