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 is originally from Nashville, Tennessee. She 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 Belmont University College of Law’s 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. She was the winner of the Dean’s Cup Board of Advocates Moot Court Tournament in 2012 and received the Tennessee Bar Association Law Student Volunteer Award in 2013.
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 with a focus on international construction and energy disputes. Throughout her years in private practice, Katie maintained a robust pro bono caseload focusing on immigrants’ rights issues and represented clients seeking release from ICE detention and applying for legal status.