Catherine Lhamon is the Director of Impact Litigation at Public Counsel, where she brings civil rights litigation with a poverty focus. Before joining Public Counsel in October 2009, Catherine was Assistant Legal Director at the ACLU of Southern California, where she directed the racial justice program and practiced for ten years. California Lawyer magazine honored Catherine as an Attorney of the Year for Civil Rights in 2004 and the Daily Journal newspaper named her one of the Top 20 California Lawyers Under 40 in 2007 and twice honored her as one of the State's Top Women Litigators in 2010 and 2007. Before coming to the ACLU of Southern California, Catherine was a Supervising Attorney in the Appellate Litigation Program at the Georgetown University Law Center. Immediately after law school, Catherine clerked for Judge William A. Norris on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Catherine received her JD from Yale Law School and her BA from Amherst College.