Katherine Hwang graduated cum laude from the University of California, Berkeley and then obtained her juris doctorate from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City. While in law school, she served as a Notes Editor for the Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution and the Law & Literature Journal and was involved in various activities including the Courtroom Advocates Projects, and the Student Hurricane Network, where she volunteered for the New Orleans Public Defenders Office. She was admitted to the California Bar in 2013.
After law school, Ms. Hwang clerked for the Hon. Sheila A Venable, P.J.Cr., Hudson County Superior Court, and was a civil and criminal prosecutor and investigative attorney at the New York Attorney General’s Office, the New York City Department of Investigation, and the Bronx County District Attorney’s Office, Public Integrity Bureau. She also held a consultancy with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome, Italy.
Following her career in public service, Ms. Hwang worked in the private practice as both a civil litigator and criminal defense attorney, focusing on law and motion, appeals, and post-conviction relief.