Katie Olson is an attorney with a non-traditional legal career path. As an avid advocate for vulnerable and at-risk children and youth, Katie seeks out professional opportunities to put her passion into practice, and believes evidence-based education and collaboration are imperative when working towards systems change. Currently, Katie is the Director of Training in the Zero Abuse Project at Mitchell Hamline School of Law. The purpose of Katie’s work is to provide online and in person training focused on trauma, secondary trauma, and trauma-informed care in legal systems, in addition to providing practical skills for professionals in the child welfare and related fields. Since 2012, outside of her regular “9 to 5”, Katie has been a volunteer attorney with the Children’s Law Center of Minnesota, representing children living in foster care in their child protection, juvenile delinquency, and education court cases. Prior to working at Mitchell Hamline, Katie was an Investigator and Educational Specialist at the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), served as a law clerk for a Judge in Hennepin County, and worked as a family and criminal law attorney. Before attending law school, Katie worked as a youth program director, family advocate, and PCA.
Katie received her law degree from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. She completed her undergraduate work in family social science and family violence prevention at the University of Minnesota, where she was also a member of the women’s swimming team. Katie lives in Saint Paul with her husband, daughter, and bassador.