New York State Director
Katie Adamides is the Fines and Fees Justice Center’s New York State Director. Based out of Rochester, Katie works statewide to advance state and local campaigns for fines and fees reform. She works closely with community-based organizations, state legislators, local elected officials, and a diverse group of stakeholders.
Katie is the Founder and President of the National Lawyers Guild Rochester, New York Chapter, where she fosters alliances with local organizations and directs a legal observer and mass defense program. In its first year, the program coordinated the mass defense of 16 arrestees following a nonviolent direct action.
Before joining the Fines and Fees Justice Center, Katie spent over ten years in direct service and project development. As an attorney at Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc., she initiated and maintained strategic relationships within local health systems to expand access to justice in the region. She branded a medical-legal partnership project that more than doubled in size and averaged a return on investment of over 230% per year. Katie designed training materials and taught health care providers, medical residents, medical students, social workers, and community members about medical-legal partnership and areas of law. She provided onsite legal services at local health facilities and successfully co-wrote a grant of over $200,000 to fund project impact research.
Katie began practicing law at DNA-People’s Legal Services, Inc. in Tuba City, Navajo Nation, where she developed and collaborated to brand the first on-reservation medical-legal partnership program. Over the course of her career, Katie has helped people with Medicaid, powers of attorney, wills, housing, employment, reentry, healthcare decision-making and surrogacy, adult guardianship, public benefits, education, and disability rights, among others.
Katie holds a J.D. from Berkeley Law and a B.A. in global health from the City University of New York, Hunter College.