At Advocates for Basic Legal Equality (ABLE), Katie Kersh is a senior attorney and project director. A critical member of the Agricultural Worker and Immigrant Rights Practice Group, Kersh represents immigrants in federal court and class action lawsuits and advises on legal matters related to immigration, including U Visa applications, asylum, naturalization, and inadmissibility waivers.

Kersh is also the Neighborhoods BUILD Dayton Project (NBD) director, an initiative to identify community issues and gaps in legal services in eight Dayton neighborhoods. At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, she supported various immigrant communities to address inequities in the local government’s pandemic response. The communities formed a group, Latinos Unidos, which she helped incorporate as a nonprofit organization with bylaws centered on Latinx needs.

Kersh is a mentor to new and aspiring attorneys. She serves on ABLE’s summer associate committee and helps to mentor and train law students. Her former associates describe her as a tremendously passionate, caring role model. The Foundation is pleased to recognize outstanding legal aid attorney, Katie Kersh.