After serving on the Board of Trustees since 2019, Attorney Katie Harris is proud to have been selected to be the 2021-2022 Chair of the Women’s Caucus for the Ohio Association for Justice (OAJ). OAJ is Ohio’s statewide organization for plaintiff’s attorneys and works to protect and promote Ohioans’ right to a fair and impartial civil justice system, including their constitutional right to trial by jury, through advocacy, education, and training.
As Chair of the Women’s Caucus Section, Katie says that her top goals are “to increase engagement and strengthen professional relationships among our women members, promote our successes as trial lawyers, and work toward ever-increasing inclusion of women at the highest levels of leadership within our profession.”
In addition to her growing role within OAJ, Katie was also recently appointed to serve on the Attorney Advisory Group of the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio on the recommendation of newly confirmed federal District Judge James R. Knepp, II. The Advisory Group meets twice a year in Cleveland to update the federal court on topics of interest to the community and legal profession and assist with implementing Court programs.
“My first job after law school was working as Judge Knepp’s law clerk when he was a Magistrate Judge,” Katie says. “It was an incredible experience that could not have given me a better foundation for the kind of lawyer I want to be. I’m so proud of him for his confirmation as a District Judge and honored that he thought of me for this position to give back to a court that means a lot to me personally.”