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Kate Anderson

Kate Anderson

Senior Counsel, Director of Center for Parental Rights

Kate Anderson serves as senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, where she is the director of the Center for Parental Rights. In this role, she leads the team working to ensure schools respect the role of parents in directing the upbringing, education, and health care of their children. In 2023, Anderson, together with allied attorneys, successfully defended parents in Wisconsin, and her team is actively engaged in many other states and courts protecting the fundamental rights of parents.

Anderson’s work at ADF began in 2015, focusing on protecting the conscience rights of individuals being unjustly compelled to forfeit their beliefs under threat of government retaliation, heavy fines, or other punishment. In Country Mill Farms v. City of East Lansing, she successfully defended the constitutionally protected right of a farmer to express his beliefs without fear of losing his license to serve customers at the city’s farmer’s market.

In 303 Creative v. Elenis and Amy Lynn Photography Studio v. City of Madison, Anderson counseled creative professionals in pre-enforcement challenges to laws that would force them to promote messages contradicting their core beliefs. In R.G. and G.R. Harris Funeral Homes v. EEOC and Downtown Hope Center v. Municipality of Anchorage, Anderson argued that all Americans should be free to rely on what the law says and that redefining “sex” to mean “gender identity” creates chaos and is unfair to women and girls.

Prior to joining ADF, Anderson was an associate attorney with Ellis, Li & McKinstry, PLLC, in Seattle, where she litigated both civil and criminal cases. Anderson obtained her law degree magna cum laude in 2009 from Gonzaga University School of Law, where she served on the Gonzaga Law Review. Anderson is admitted to the state bars of Arizona and Washington, the U.S. Supreme Court, and several federal district and appellate courts.