Kathleen Elliott joined Accountability Counsel as a Law Fellow in Fall 2019. She is a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) Candidate in her final year at New England Law | Boston. During her first year of law school, Kathleen volunteered with the Center for International Law and Policy as a Research Assistant for the Colombia Reconciliation Project, where she researched existing scholarship on the topics of reconciliation in transitional justice settings. Summaries she prepared from this research were then used in a concept paper designed to assist Centro Regional de Empresas y Emprendimientos Responsables in developing policy recommendations for the Columbian Truth Commission. That same year, she also volunteered with the CORI Initiative, where she drafted affidavits for clients and prepared forms for motions to seal criminal records. Kathleen worked in a criminal defense law firm during the summer of 2018 and returned the following summer. She has interned in the Appeals Division of the Criminal Bureau at the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, and also served as an intern in the Clerk of the Commonwealth’s Office in the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.
Kathleen graduated from the University of Massachusetts Boston in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. During college, she traveled to Japan with the Tomodachi Inouye Scholars Program. She volunteered with the Beacon Voyages for Service’s project on organic farming and sustainability in Puerto Rico, and later studied abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She also studied international epidemics in her final year of college and traveled to Cape Town, South Africa, where she learned from local activists about their efforts to promote change in a variety of areas within their communities.