Title: Senior Partner
Phone: (831) 854-2777
Fax: (888) 286-3413
Email: kate.law.cali@gmail.com

Senior partner Katera Estrada Rutledge worked for a Federal District Judge and the public defender’s office in Sacramento before she graduated from UCLA School of Law in 1999.   Following one year as an associate in a busy criminal defense firm, she opened her own practice.  Ms. Rutledge is experienced in court litigation, appeals, writs of habeas, administrative law and appeals, traffic, and prison law, including all aspects of lifer and parole matters.  She taught criminal justice, political science, evidence, and civil law studies, at Hartnell College from 2003 to 2008.  Ms. Rutledge presently represents lifers and parolees across the State, works on trial motions, writs of habeas and appeals in both state and federal court, and litigates in California criminal courts.

During law school, Ms. Rutledge also worked at the Indian Law Clinic at UCLA assisting California tribes with legislation,  and concentrated her studies on criminal law, Indian law, and the history and structure of the courts.  She was active in the La Raza and Native American student activities.  Prior to law school, Ms. Rutledge worked on political campaigns, as an intern writer at the Department of Justice, researched for writers, and worked in the newsroom of a large newspaper while studying photojournalism.  She also worked at an overnight shelter and a group home for boys.  Ms. Rutledge has a B.A. in Government from California State University, Sacramento.

Her hobbies include writing, photography, and movies.  She has two boys, a stepdaughter, stepson and a step-granddaughter.

“The founders of our nation experienced the unfettered and corrupt power of the English and sought to start a nation where the citizens had a voice and where the Government could not run roughshod over the people.  When they wrote the Constitution, the blueprint of our nation, they held freedom and self-determination to be the most innate and important of all societal liberties.  When someone is accused of a crime or deprived of their property or freedom, they are vulnerable.  Most people do not understand the reasons for civil liberties or the power of the government until they are arrested or accused of a crime. Upholding the rights to property, freedom, and due process of law promised in our Constitution; the cornerstone of our nation is my job.  Representing the incarcerated is ground zero.”  - Katera E. Rutledge