Katherine E. Walz; Senior Attorney, Shriver Center - A 1996 graduate of DePaul College of Law and a 1993 graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, Katherine E. Walz began her legal career at the Lawyers' Committee for Better Housing, where she spearheaded a comprehensive pilot project demonstrating the benefits of providing legal representation to tenants in Chicago's Eviction Court. She then worked in private practice on civil rights and criminal defense cases. She returned to legal aid as executive director of First Defense Legal Aid (FDLA). She served as an adjunct clinical professor at the Chicago-Kent College of Law. With the Shriver Center since late 2001, she advocates on behalf of low-income individuals and families living in or in need of public, subsidized, or affordable housing. She is class counsel in Wallace v. CHA, a case that challenges the Chicago Housing Authority's discriminatory relocation practices for residents; Concerned Residents of ABLA v. CHA, another class action suit involving public housing demolition and relocation; and Chicago ACORN v. HUD, a class action suit challenging the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's termination of the project-based Section 8 contract of one of the biggest developments in the country. She spearheads the housing advocacy policy work in a lead role on the Source of Income Working Group, the Tenants Rights Working Group, and the Safe Homes Initiative. She serves on the board of directors of FDLA and the Metropolitan Tenants Organization.