Catherine Bentley is a Staff Attorney with LEAD legal services and the inaugural recipient of the Tony Orange Fellowship. Prior to joining PDA, Catherine was a clinic member at the Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equity and wrote on various amicus briefs filed in the Washington Supreme Court, most notably the recent COVID-19 litigation Colvin v. Inslee. Catherine also served as the Research and Training Executive for the Seattle Journal for Social Justice, 2018-2019 Communications Director for the Black Law Student Association, and was a Calhoun Family Fellow with The Defender Initiative. Catherine seeks to provide trauma-informed anti-racist representation inside of the current criminal legal system while striving to become an active accomplice in its reform.
Catherine graduated from Lawrence University with a B.A. in WWII History and went on to graduate cum laude from Seattle University School of Law.