Katerina Siefkas, Legal Fellow, is a U.S. attorney based in Palo Alto, California and a Simpson Thacher Public Service Fellow. Prior to CJA, she was a litigation associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, focused on general civil litigation. As part of her practice, she also worked on asylum, habeas, and civil rights matters. Katerina graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law where her coursework emphasized human rights and international law. She served on the managing board of the Virginia Journal of International Law and participated in field research in Yangon, Myanmar as part of the school’s Human Rights Study Project. Katerina also interned for the legal department of the international humanitarian non-profit, World Vision International, which included work at the organization’s office in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Prior to law school, Katerina received her Bachelor of Arts in International Studies with emphases in Political Science and Linguistics from the University of California, San Diego, where she graduated magna cum laude. As part of her undergraduate studies, she spent a year in Lyon, France taking courses at the Université Lyon 2 and the Institut d’Études Politiques (Sciences Po Lyon).