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Katherine Elizabeth Oberembt

  • Attorney


Memphis, TN





Areas Of Practice

  • Criminal Defense

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee, 2012


  • Yale Law School, New Haven, Connecticut
    • Juris Doctor - 05/2012
    • Honors: C. LaRue Munson Prize for excellence in the investigation, preparation, and presentation of cases under a law school clinical program.
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
    • B.A. - 05/2009
    • Honors: Phi Beta Kappa
    • Honors: Highest Honors in Creative Writing (Poetry)
    • Honors: Morehead-Cain Scholar
    • Honors: with Highest Distinction
    • Major: English
    • Major: History


  • Gideon’s Promise Core 101 Program Participant and Graduate, August 2012-January 2015.
  • Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Trial College, Paris, TN, March 2015.
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Taking the Fear out of Forensics Seminar, Oxford, MS, March 2016.
  • Arkansas Association for Criminal Defense Lawyers Death Penalty Training, Little Rock, AR, August 2017.
  • National Association for Public Defenders Sentencing Advocates and Social Workers Training, Denver, CO, March 2018.
  • NAACP LDF 40th Annual Capital Punishment Training Conference, Tarrytown, NY, July 2019.
  • National Legal Aid and Defender Association New Defender Leadership Institute, Memphis, TN, September 2019.
  • National Legal Aid and Defender Association Life in the Balance Conference, Biloxi, MS, March 2020.
  • Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers 48th Annual Seminar, Memphis, TN, August 2021.
  • NACDL Death Penalty Seminar – Making the Case for Life, New Orleans, LA, August 2022.
  • Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Capital Defense Seminar (Virtual), March 2023.
  • Darrow/Baldus Death Penalty College, Intellectual Disability Track, Iowa City, IA, May 2023.
  • Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers: Suppression Seminar – Presenter, Suppressing Statements (June 2018)
  • 47th Annual Seminar – Presenter, Mental State Defenses (August 2020)
  • 48th Annual Seminar – “Women in the Trenches” Panelist (August 2021)
  • Yale Law School: Public Defense Across the Country – Mentor in Residence (February 20, 2019)
  • Public Defenders Conference – Panelist (October 25, 2019)

Professional Associations And Memberships

  • Tennessee Bar, October 2012

Past Positions

  • Massey Mcclusky Fuchs & Ballenger, Memphis, TN, Associate Attorney, July 2023-present
  • Law Office of The Shelby County Public Defender, Memphis, TN, Assistant Public Defender, August 2012-July 2023.