Katie Blankenship joined the ACLU of Florida in May 2021 as a staff attorney with a focus immigrants’ rights issues and has served as deputy legal director since January 2022.
Katie's work focuses on developing complex litigation and integrated advocacy strategies to ensure First Amendment freedoms and protect immigrants' rights. Katie studied cultural anthropology at the University of California, Santa Cruz and has a Masters in Humanities from New York University. Katie was a member of the Belmont University College of Law’s 2014 charter class, where she served as a founding member of the Belmont Law Review and the founder and president of the Belmont Legal Aid Society.
After law school, Katie served as a judicial law clerk in the Eastern District of Tennessee. Prior to joining the ACLU of Florida, Katie was a litigation associate with Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP representing international clients in cross-border construction and energy disputes. Throughout her years in private practice, Katie maintained a robust pro bono caseload focusing on immigrants’ rights and mass incarceration. Prior to practicing law, Katie served as a director of children's music programs and summer rock and roll camps.