Katie Svoboda-Kindle (she/her, “KAY-tee suh-BODE-uh KIN-dul”) is an attorney in the Employment Unit at Community Legal Services. Ms. Svoboda-Kindle represents clients facing a variety of employment issues, from workplace discrimination to Childline Registry appeals, with a special focus on criminal record barriers to employment. Ms. Svoboda-Kindle supports work to break down these barriers systemically by expanding and implementing Clean Slate and other laws, and by sharing out best practices nationally through the National Record Clearing Project.
Before joining CLS in January 2019, Ms. Svoboda-Kindle served as an assistant public defender for 7 years at the Miami Dade Public Defender’s Office. During her time there, Ms. Svoboda-Kindle handled cases ranging from misdemeanors to murder, tried 35 cases before a jury, filed over 500 motions and conducted over 600 depositions. Ms. Svoboda-Kindle also worked in a supervisory role over new attorneys, providing training and overseeing performance.
Ms. Svoboda-Kindle attended law school at New York University School of Law, where she was a member of the Moot Court Board, Competitions Division. She earned her J.D. cum laude in 2011. She graduated from Colgate University with honors, summa cum laude in 2007.