Kathryn Eidmann


Betsy Beers & Bruce Cormicle Senior Supervising Attorney, Opportunity Under Law, Public Counsel


Kathryn Eidmann is the Betsy Beers & Bruce Cormicle Senior Supervising Attorney at Public Counsel, the nation’s largest pro bono law firm. As part of the Opportunity Under Law project, she brings impact litigation to advance economic justice and civil rights. She has litigated major cases in the areas of education equity, children’s rights, gender discrimination, criminalization of poverty, and immigrants’ rights.  Her education equity class action cases on behalf of low-income children include challenges to the denial of the right of access to literacy under the U.S. constitution on behalf of Detroit students (Gary B. v. Snyder), a school district’s failure to accommodate students who are impacted by exposure to trauma (Peter P. v. CUSD), and the federal government’s failure to provide basic education and special education to Native American students (Stephen C. v. BIE).  In 2019, she received a California Lawyer of the Year award for her successful challenge to the imposition of mandatory court fees on indigent criminal defendants (People v. Duenas). 

In addition to her work at Public Counsel, Ms. Eidmann has taught education equity and gender discrimination law at the University of California, Irvine School of Law. She is Vice President of the Board of Library Commissioners of the City of Los Angeles and serves on the board of the Library Foundation of Los Angeles.  She was previously appointed to the Commission for Community and Family Services, advising the City of Los Angeles on issues of poverty and the needs of children, youth, and their families.  Prior to joining Public Counsel, Ms. Eidmann worked for the law firm of Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP and as a law clerk for Judge Thomas B. Griffith of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. She is a graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School.


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