"I would encourage new law students hoping for a specific career in public interest to keep an open mind and explore as many areas of law and career paths as possible. I am thankful for the experiences I had working at law firms, because law firms play a very important role in public interest law by providing financial support and pro bono attorneys. My law firm experience gives me confidence in interacting with private attorneys and encouraging them to support public interest work."
Kathrine Russell is the unit director for removal defense at RAICES (Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services) in San Antonio. After law school, she worked as an associate at Latham & Watkins in New York before becoming a children’s immigration attorney with South Texas ProBAR in Harlingen. She then returned to New York, leading the Immigrant Youth and Communities Project at Brooklyn Defender Service and working with KIND (Kids in Need of Defense).
At Texas Law, Kathrine participated in the Housing Clinic, Texas Law Fellowships, the Public Interest Law Association, the Texas International Law Journal, Telephone Access to Justice at Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, and the Student Hurricane Network. She spent her summers working at Akin Gump in San Antonio, Texas C-BAR in Austin, and Latham & Watkins in New York.