Senior Staff Attorney, Family Defense Practice
Kate Blanco is deeply committed to advocating for the public interest and advancing civil rights. Prior to joining the BDS Family Defense Practice in September 2014, she was a Berkeley Law Public Interest Fellow for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. where she assisted in class action litigation and advocacy efforts challenging discriminatory employment, housing, and lending practices.
Ms. Blanco earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law where she served as Senior Articles Editor for the Asian American Law Journal, 3L Class Co-President for the Boalt Hall Student Association, and Organizer for the Women of Color Collective’s Human Trafficking Symposium. She was a law clerk for the East Bay Community Law Center’s Immigration Practice where she assisted undocumented immigrants who have been victims of crime successfully apply for temporary legal status. She also served as a Workers’ Rights Clinic Counselor for the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center where she assisted clients from low-income and underrepresented backgrounds with their employment-related legal issues.
Ms. Blanco earned a B.A. in Political Science from University of California, Los Angeles. At UCLA, she served as a student counselor for Samahang Philipino Education and Retention project, a student-run program dedicated to addressing institutional and cultural barriers to education and retention. She was born and raised in the Philippines, and immigrated to California with her parents and siblings in 2002.