Kate Weisburd

Kate Weisburd
Associate Professor of Law
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052
[email protected]

Kate Weisburd's primary interests are in the areas of criminal investigation, adjudication, and post-conviction law as they relate to the street-level implementation of criminal justice reform. In particular, Professor Weisburd's research focuses on alternatives to incarceration, including the emerging and varied forms of electronic surveillance and mechanized probation. Her recent scholarly work has appeared in the Iowa Law Review and the UCLA Law Review, and she has written for The Marshall Project as well as other mainstream media.

Prior to joining GW Law, Professor Weisburd founded and directed the Youth Defender Clinic at the East Bay Community Law Center, which is part of the clinical program at UC Berkeley School of Law and the largest provider of free legal services in the county. In that role, she taught and supervised law students representing young people in juvenile court and school discipline proceedings. In addition to her clinical teaching responsibilities, Professor Weisburd served as a lecturer at Berkeley Law, teaching courses on the school-to-prison pipeline. Prior to creating the Youth Defender Clinic, she was a fellow and supervising attorney in Berkeley Law's Death Penalty Clinic. In both clinics, Professor Weisburd maintained her own caseload and represented clients at trial, on appeal and in post-conviction proceedings.   

Professor Weisburd graduated from Columbia Law School, where she received the Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann Fellowship for Public Interest, and the Public Interest Peer-of-the-Year award. Prior to attending law school, she  worked as an investigator in death penalty cases at the Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta, Georgia. Professor Weisburd received her BA from Brown University, where she was a Truman Scholar. She clerked for the Honorable Lawrence K. Karlton in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California.

Publications    Curriculum Vitae


BA, Brown University; JD, Columbia University

In the News

“Illinois Will End Cash Bail—and Limit Use of High-Tech Incarceration”

January 17, 2021

Kate Weisburd is quoted in The Intercept about reform efforts that promote alternatives to bail.

"Concerns Over 24/7 Government Location Surveillance Are Leaving Some People Out"

January 27, 2020
Kate Weisburd writes for the National Law Journal on the lack of outrage over the monitoring of individuals in the criminal and immigration systems.

"DC Defendants Wear Ankle Monitors That Can Record Their Every Word and Motion"

October 08, 2019
Kate Weisburd is quoted by City Paper on how a recent DC government contract to buy ankle monitors prioritizes heavy surveillance over rehabilitation.

"Prison Reform Needs To Start With Fixing Probation, Parole"

June 13, 2019

Kate Weisburd writes for Bloomberg Law on how probation and parole reforms should include less time and fewer restrictions.

“Chicago is Tracking Kids with GPS Monitors That Can Call and Record Them Without Consent”

April 08, 2019
Kate Weisburd is quoted by The Appeal about why ankle monitors equipped with microphones and speakers may violate the U.S. Constitution.