OK ATJ Foundation
Katie Dilks is the Executive Director of the Oklahoma Access to Justice Foundation, where she works to collaboratively identify and strengthen statewide solutions ensuring access to civil justice for all Oklahomans. Katie brings over a decade of experience in access to justice work to her role, primarily her 9 years of work at Georgetown Law as the school’s Associate Director for the Office of Public Interest and Community Service. Katie developed and led the innovative Public Interest Fellows program, working with over 600 students to prepare them for careers as public interest attorneys.
During her time in Washington, DC, Katie also played a leadership role in launching the DC Affordable Law Firm, a DC-based nonprofit law firm providing affordable legal services for low-income individuals who earn just too much money to qualify for free legal aid. Additionally, she helped lead an all-volunteer team in designing and creating DC Refers, a directory of attorneys offering affordable legal services in the District.
Katie has written and presented on access to justice topics including the need for affordable legal services, pro bono responses to disaster, career pathways in government and nonprofit law, and diversity and compensation trends in legal services. As a new Oklahoman, and a huge booster for everything the state has to offer, she is excited to bring a national perspective to the unique challenges and opportunities in Oklahoma’s justice system.
Katie earned her Juris Doctor and Master’s in Public Policy from Georgetown University, and her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Kansas. She is a member of the bar in the District of Columbia.