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Kathrina (Kasia) Szymborski is an Appellate Attorney in the Supreme Court and Appellate Program of the Roderick & Solange MacArthur Justice Center. In this role, she challenges poor medical care, violence, and inhumane conditions in jails, prisons, and immigration detention facilities. Her practice focuses on state courts, which she views as an underutilized and powerful avenue for vindicating the rights of incarcerated people across the country.
Prior to joining the MacArthur Justice Center, Kasia worked at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler in New York City, where she managed the firm’s pro bono clemency and parole projects and maintained an active pro bono practice focused on prisoners’ rights and post-conviction relief. Representative matters include securing multiple sentence commutations from New York Governor Andrew Cuomo for people serving decades-long sentences; convincing a panel of New York appellate judges to reduce a homeless man’s four-to-eight-year sentence for using a fake $20 at a McDonald’s restaurant; and obtaining reversal by the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals of the dismissal of an incarcerated man’s Eighth and Fourteenth Amendment claims arising out of his prolonged solitary confinement.
Kasia graduated from the University of Michigan Law School in 2010. After law school, she clerked for the Honorable Judge Carl E. Stewart of the U.S. Court of Appeal for the Fifth Circuit. She earned her B.A. from Skidmore College and worked as a journalist in Moscow, Russia, before law school.