“I have committed my career to advancing the civil rights of my clients and holding the powerful accountable.”
Kelsey Woodford, an Associate with Katz Banks Kumin, joined the firm in August 2022.
Before joining the firm, Ms. Woodford served as a Staff Attorney at Disability Rights DC advocating for the civil and human rights of District residents with disabilities through systemic litigation, policy work, and individual representation. Prior to her role with Disability Rights DC, Ms. Woodford acted as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Abdul K. Kallon in the Northern District of Alabama.
Ms. Woodford received her J.D. from Stanford Law School in 2019, having earned Highest Pro Bono Distinction and the Judge Thelton E. Henderson Prize for Outstanding Performance in Clinic. During law school, she interned with Legal Aid at Work, supporting litigation on behalf of low-wage employees experiencing workplace discrimination based on their ethnicity and national origin. As a student attorney in the Religious Liberty Clinic, she delivered oral argument before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, resulting in a favorable judgment for her client and a published opinion on his Prison Litigation Reform Act claim. Ms. Woodford also served as a law clerk for the ACLU Capital Punishment Project, a student attorney with the Stanford Law School Three Strikes Project, a legal intern at the Office of the Federal Defender for the Northern District of Alabama.
Before matriculating at Stanford, Ms. Woodford worked in behavioral ethics at the Notre Dame Deloitte Center for Ethical Leadership. She graduated from Duke University as a Robertson Scholar, having designed her own course of study examining systemic gender-based violence in American culture.
Ms. Woodford is a member of the Maryland and District of Columbia bars.