Cate has been defending people charged with crimes since being admitted to the California bar in 2006. She worked as a deputy public defender in Kern, Solano and Napa Counties, completing more than 40 jury trials. Cate is smart and friendly, which helps her connect with clients, jurors, and adversaries alike. 

Before her law career, Cate worked as a policy analyst at the Center for Civil Justice, a nonprofit organization in Saginaw, Michigan, where her work focused on hunger policy and advocacy. 

Cate has a Master’s degree in policy analysis and nonprofit management from Indiana University in Bloomington. She is originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan. 


Education

University of California, Berkeley, School of Law Juris Doctor, June 2006

Indiana University, Bloomington Master of Science, Policy Analysis and Nonprofit Management, 2001 

Bachelor of Science, Public Affairs, 2000

Experience

Napa County Office of the Public Defender, Deputy Public Defender, 2011-2016

Solano County Office of the Public Defender, Deputy Public Defender, 2007-2010

Kern County Office of the Public Defender, Deputy Public Defender, 2006-2007

Center for Civil Justice (Saginaw, MI), Policy Analyst, 2001-2003

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

California State Bar, Member (245605)

California Public Defender Association, Member

California DUI Lawyer’s Association, Member

Napa County Bar Association, Member

Napa County Women Lawyer’s Association, Member