Kathleen was born and raised in the South Sound region, graduating from Tumwater High school and then the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative U.S. Studies. She received her Juris Doctorate from Seattle University School of Law where she was the Student Bar Association vice-president as well as the president of several other student organizations and was the recipient of several awards for her advocacy and community service. Kathleen also represented the Pacific Northwest Region as the American Bar Association Law Student Division Circuit Governor and was a member of the Seattle Journal for Social Justice editorial board.
Kathleen started her legal career as an intern with the Thurston County Prosecutor’s Office and then the Tacoma Housing Authority where she continued in a full-time position as the THA Special Projects Officer and the Civil Rights Officer/Reasonable Accommodations Committee Chair, helping families with low-incomes and special needs access housing. She eventually moved to Gig Harbor where she served families throughout the South Sound region on many civil issues including property law, family law, contract/business law issues, and more. She moved to Florida for a few years, where she worked in education policy positions including as the State Gifted Education Specialist at the Florida Department of Education. For the last decade, Kathleen has continued to practice law as a legal consultant on a multitude of issues for non-profit organizations and private clients. She is excited to be back in the South Sound and serving the community at Goldstein Law Office, PLLC.