Kate Chatfield

Adjunct Professor

Part-Time Faculty

Biography

Kate L. Chatfield is the co-founder and current policy director of Re:store Justice, an organization dedicated to criminal justice reform in California. At Re:store Justice, Kate wrote SB 1437, a bill to amend the felony murder rule in California, jointly authored by Senator Nancy Skinner and Senator Joel Anderson. SB 1437 passed out of the California Senate with a super-majority vote in May 2018. As part of its work, Re:store Justice leads transformational justice symposia in prisons around California, bringing together district attorneys, legislators, community members, and crime victims to meet with incarcerated men and women to develop policies for change in our criminal justice system. In conjunction with Professor Lara Bazelon and students at the USF School of Law Criminal and Juvenile Justice and Racial Justice Clinics, the organization also represents people in youthful offender parole hearings before the Board of Parole Hearings.

Prior to Re:store Justice, Kate worked at the USF School of Law Criminal and Juvenile Justice and Racial Justice Clinics, and was a practicing criminal defense attorney for ten years, working in private practice and at the Office of the State Public Defender. She and her law partner worked pro bono and by appointment of the court on multiple wrongful conviction cases; two of their cases were admitted to the National Registry of Exonerations. Kate is a proud graduate of the University of San Francisco School of Law, starting in the part-time program when her children were three and six years old.

Education
BA, UC Berkeley
JD, University of San Francisco
Experience
Re:store Justice
Law Office of Chatfield and Reisman
Office of the State Public Defender
Law Office of Kate L. Chatfield
Expertise
Indigent Defense
Criminal Procedure
Criminal Defense Investigation
Access to Justice
Wrongful Convictions
California Parole Process
California Legislative Procedure
Media
"Man accused in gruesome double murder walks free, charges dismissed in ’09 killing", Fresno Bee, 10/18/2018
"Should CA roll back its ‘felony murder rule’?", KPCC (NPR), 06/28/2018