Kate Weaver Patterson

Deputy Director of National Programs

South Carolina

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Kate Weaver Patterson leads R&R’s national programs and initiatives, aimed at advocating for the rights of people who have been harmed and marginalized by mass incarceration, seeking to increase access to justice and opportunity for people with records, and to fight poverty and create second chances across the country. Based in our South Carolina office and with a specific focus on the South, her work includes overseeing the South Carolina Second Chance Justice Collaborative, which is a partnership between Soteria Community Development Corporation and R&R. The Collaborative brings R&R’s holistic model of direct services, advocacy and education to system impacted individuals throughout South Carolina.

Kate grew up in Greenville, SC. She received her Bachelor of Arts in History and French from Duke University in 2004 and earned her Master’s Degree in International Affairs, with distinction, from the University of Hong Kong in 2005. She returned to Duke University School of Law, receiving her juris doctor, magna cum laude, in 2008. An experienced trial attorney, Kate worked in litigation at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in New York before clerking for four federal judges around the country. She then spent five years as a child abuse and sex crimes prosecutor, handling hundreds of cases and multiple trials. Kate launched the Second Chance Justice Collaborative, R&R’s first program outside of California, in 2019. She is licensed to practice law in South Carolina and New York. She lives in Greenville, SC with her husband and their three children.

Kate Weaver Patterson

Deputy Director of National Programs

South Carolina

Email Kate

Kate Weaver Patterson leads R&R’s national programs and initiatives, aimed at advocating for the rights of people who have been harmed and marginalized by mass incarceration, seeking to increase access to justice and opportunity for people with records, and to fight poverty and create second chances across the country. Based in our South Carolina office and with a specific focus on the South, her work includes overseeing the South Carolina Second Chance Justice Collaborative, which is a partnership between Soteria Community Development Corporation and R&R. The Collaborative brings R&R’s holistic model of direct services, advocacy and education to system impacted individuals throughout South Carolina.

Kate grew up in Greenville, SC. She received her Bachelor of Arts in History and French from Duke University in 2004 and earned her Master’s Degree in International Affairs, with distinction, from the University of Hong Kong in 2005. She returned to Duke University School of Law, receiving her juris doctor, magna cum laude, in 2008. An experienced trial attorney, Kate worked in litigation at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in New York before clerking for four federal judges around the country. She then spent five years as a child abuse and sex crimes prosecutor, handling hundreds of cases and multiple trials. Kate launched the Second Chance Justice Collaborative, R&R’s first program outside of California, in 2019. She is licensed to practice law in South Carolina and New York. She lives in Greenville, SC with her husband and their three children.

Why do you come to work at Root & Rebound every day?

I come to work at Root & Rebound each day because I believe in second chances. We actively strive to help those who have been or are currently incarcerated find their voice and realize their potential, which is so essential in a world that often tells them they deserve no voice and have no potential. We seek to empower, to uplift, to advocate and to help foster a South Carolina and a nation where all can thrive.

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