Kathryn Nester

On August 1, 2011, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals appointed Kathy Nester to be the Federal Public Defender for the District of Utah.  Before her appointment, Kathy held the position of Assistant Federal Public Defender for the Southern District of Mississippi for 6 years. Prior to that, she was in private practice in the Jackson, Mississippi, area for 13 years representing plaintiffs in personal injury and civil rights cases and federal and state criminal defendants.  Kathy earned both her B.B.A. and her J.D. degrees from the University of Texas. She has appeared numerous times before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals for panel and en banc arguments. In 2010 she was inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. She was elected Mississippi Trial Lawyer of the Year in 2001, was inducted as a Fellow of the Mississippi Bar Foundation in 2009 and served on the Board of Governors and the Executive Committee of the Mississippi Association of Justice for many years.  Kathy was also elected as a national officer of the Women’s Caucus for the American Association of Justice. Kathy has appeared on national television and in national and international print media both as a legal commentator and in connection with some of her high-profile cases. Kathy served as a judge on the Complaint Tribunal for the Mississippi Bar. She is a Master in the David K. Watkiss-Sutherland II Inn of Court.