Caffarelli & Associates Ltd. is proud to announce that Katherine Stryker has joined the firm as an Associate (admission pending). Ms. Stryker received her Juris Doctorate from Chicago-Kent College of Law in May of 2019, where she graduated with a joint certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution & Workplace Litigation.
During law school, Ms. Stryker worked diligently to gain practical experience outside of the classroom—focusing primarily on employment litigation. Ms. Stryker’s time working as a law clerk at two Chicago-based law firms allowed her to gain hands-on experience in every stage of pre-trial litigation, including drafting complaints, discovery requests and responses, and substantive motions. Working on both the plaintiff and defense side has taught her to be versatile and has prepared her to analyze legal issues through different lenses. Additionally, as a judicial extern in the Chancery Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County for Judge Diane J. Larsen, Ms. Stryker regularly undertook in-depth analyses into a wide variety of complex legal issues.
Ms. Stryker was also an active member of the Moot Court Honor Society at Chicago-Kent, where she served as Vice President for the 2018-19 academic year. Ms. Stryker competed in a number of appellate advocacy competitions, including the Hunton Andrews Kurth National Moot Court Championship held annually in Houston, Texas. In the spring of 2018, Ms. Stryker received the award for Second Best Oral Advocate at the Evans A. Evans Constitutional Law Moot Court competition out of a field of 52 advocates. That same year, Ms. Stryker was awarded Best Overall Advocate when studying appellate advocacy abroad at St. Andrews University in Scotland. Aside from appellate advocacy, Ms. Stryker received the CALI Award for earning the highest grade in Trial Advocacy I, and she remained on the Dean’s List each semester. Ms. Stryker sat for the July 2019 Illinois Bar Exam and her admission is pending.