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Thaete ’19 Awarded Borchard Fellowship Thaete ’19 Awarded Borchard Fellowship

Kathleen Thaete06.20.19 —  Kathleen Thaete ’19 has been awarded a prestigious Borchard Fellowship in Law & Aging. Each year, Borchard fellowships are awarded to three promising students interested in an academic and/or professional career in law and aging. Thaete will spend her fellowship at Legal Assistance for Seniors (LAS) in Oakland, California, where she spent her first co-op. As a Borchard Fellow, she will work to decrease housing insecurity among the elderly population in Alameda County through a number of innovative projects. In addition to providing direct representation for older tenants in housing cases, Thaete will work with community partners to develop and implement a mobile clinic for self-represented litigants in housing case notices. She will also accumulate county-wide resources into a comprehensive self-help housing guide addressing the legal and practical needs of older tenants and landlords within Alameda County. She plans to use this guide to lead community legal education presentations and to circulate it both online and in print with the assistance of community partners. 

“It is an honor to have been selected as a fellow by the Borchard Foundation. Borchard provides new attorneys with an incredible gift to start their career in this continuously expanding area of the law,” said Thaete. “I am so grateful for my time at Northeastern, where I not only developed this passion for public interest work, but also had the chance over my co-ops to work in elder legal services and further define that passion. I look forward to taking my NUSL-instilled values, such as making the law accessible, and putting them to practice for the older adults in Alameda County.”

A graduate of University of San Francisco, Thaete completed all of her co-ops in California, primarily in Alameda Country. During law school, she was a member of the Women’s Law Caucus and the recipient of a PHRGE fellowship for the winter 2018-2019 quarter. 

About the Borchard Foundation Center on Law & Aging

The mission of the Borchard Foundation Center on Law & Aging is, through education, research and service, to help improve the quality of life for elderly people, including those who are poor or otherwise isolated by lack of education, language, culture, disability or other barriers. For additional information, please visit

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