King Hall Class of 2008
Assistant Counsel for Arms Control and International Law
U.S. Department of the Navy, Office of the General Counsel
Strategic Systems Programs, Washington, D.C.
Kathleen A. Doty ’08 is the Assistant Counsel for Arms Control and International Law at the U.S. Department of the Navy, Office of the General Counsel, Strategic Systems Programs in Washington, D.C.
Previously, she served at the American Society of International Law, first as the Publications and Program Manager and then as Attorney-Editor. She joined ASIL in the summer of 2011. As the Publications and Program Manager, Kate managed the American Journal of International Law and the Society’s Benchbook on International Law. In her position as Attorney-Editor, she managed ASIL’s International Legal Materials, ASIL Insights, and International Law in Brief.
Kate received her undergraduate degree from Smith College, where she studied Latin American Studies and Film Studies. Fluent in Spanish and proficient in French, Kate worked with community organizations in the Hispanic and French Caribbean and studied abroad at La Universidad de la Habana in Cuba. Before pursuing law, she worked for Engel Entertainment, where she was a production assistant and sound recordist on science, adventure, and travel documentaries.
In 2008, she earned her Juris Doctor degree and a Public Interest Certificate from the University of California, Davis, School of Law. Kate was both coach and oralist on the Jessup International Moot Court Team, which in 2008 won the Pacific Super Regional Competition and advanced to the run-off rounds in the International Competition in Washington, D.C. She was also a member of the National Moot Court Competition Team, which won the California Regional Rounds in Los Angeles, and won the Best Brief Award in the final rounds in New York. Kate was an officer on the Moot Court Board, and an inductee in the Order of Barristers.
Following her graduation, Kate served as law clerk to the Honorable Alexa D.M. Fujise on the Hawaiʻi Intermediate Court of Appeals. She then returned to Davis to serve as the inaugural Fellow of the California International Law Center at King Hall. In that capacity, she was the principal author of the Center’s 2011 Report Towards Peace With Justice in Darfur: A Framework for Accountability, which was reprinted in the UC Davis Journal of International Law and Policy. During her tenure with the Center, she also served as Executive Editor of a special issue of the International Criminal Law Review on Women and International Criminal Law and co-taught the law school’s Appellate Advocacy course.
Kate served as a Legal Observer on behalf of the National Institute of Military Justice, where she observed pre-trial hearings in the case of Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri at Guantánamo in 2012. She reported on her experiences online at IntLawGrrls, a blog for which she served as co-editor. Kate was also an NGO observer at the U.N. High Level Meeting of the General Assembly on Nuclear Disarmament in 2013.
Kate’s publications include: Introductory Note: X and Others v. Austria (International Legal Materials, 2014); In Cuba: Justice in Gitmo and Across the Fence (Jurist, 2012); Towards Peace with Justice in Darfur: A Framework for Accountability (U.C. Davis Journal of International Law & Policy, 2011); and From Fretté to E.B.: The European Court of Human Rights on Gay and Lesbian Adoption (Tulane Journal of Law & Sexuality, 2009). She is also the author of a chapter in the American Society of International Law’s Benchbook on International Law.
My three years at King Hall were challenging and deeply rewarding. I entered law school knowing that I wanted to pursue international law, and I chose King Hall because of its public interest orientation and the supportive atmosphere among students that I saw there. It was not just students that were supportive; the professors were incredible. They encouraged me to follow an uncommon and often unclear path towards my goal of an international law practice, and in them, I found lifelong mentors and friends.