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Last updated: 11/6/2018
Ms. Kathryn M. Kase
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Texas Defender Services
Senior Counsel and Director, Capital Trial Project
1927 Blodgett
77004  United States
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713 222-7788 (Phone)
713 222-0260 (Fax)
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  Texas (1990); District of Columbia (1992); New York (1994)
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Kathryn M. Kase is Senior Counsel and Director of the Capital Trial Project at Texas Defender Service. From September 2011 to January 2017, she was Executive Director. She has represented capital clients at trial in the state courts of Texas and New York, and has served as learned counsel in federal court. Her capital defense work has addressed the complexities of intellectual disability, mental illness, and international law. Among her clients are Duane Buck, whose case currently is under consideration by the U.S Supreme Court, and Scott Panetti, whose 2014 execution was stayed as a result of questions surrounding his competence to be executed. Prior clients have included: Cary Wayne McKinley, charged with a death penalty offense in New York in 1997 and completely acquitted at trial; Daniel Angel Plata, whose death sentence was commuted following a finding of intellectual disability; Charles Dean Hood, whose execution was stayed following depositions proving the trial judge and prosecutor had had an affair during his death penalty trial; and Ricky Eugene Kerr, now serving a life sentence as a result of her work.

She is a frequent speaker, in Texas and nationally, at seminars devoted to capital defense, and often is called upon to discuss the provision of indigent defense, the causes of wrongful conviction, and the multiple failures of the capital justice system. The Criminal Justice Section of the New York State Bar Association named her the Outstanding Criminal Practitioner in 2002. In 2015, the National Law Journal named her an Outstanding Woman Lawyer. She has been elected to membership in the American Law Institute and served on the Timothy Cole Advisory Panel for Wrongful Convictions in 2009-10. She is licensed to practice law in Texas, New York and the District of Columbia, and she is admitted to practice before a number of federal courts, including the Southern District of Texas, the Southern District of New York and the U.S. Supreme Court.

She is a past-president of the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and, from 2000 to 2003, served as a Board member for the New York State Defenders Association, which provides backup assistance to public defenders and court-appointed lawyers throughout New York. In Texas, she has served on the advisory boards of the Harris County Public Defender and the Regional Public Defender Office for Capital Cases.