Kathryn Frey-Balter

Interim Director, Lawyering Program

Professor of the Practice


(410) 706-7098

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Kathryn Frey-Balter was an assistant federal public defender for the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the District of Maryland from 1992 until 2018 where she represented individuals charged with federal crimes in U.S. District Court. In 2020, she joined the law school as a visiting assistant professor in the Lawyering Program and in 2021 became the program’s managing director. She now serves as the program’s interim director.

She taught Written and Oral Advocacy at Maryland Carey Law from 2004 until spring 2020. Professor Frey-Balter was an assistant professor in the Law and Justice Department of Stevenson University’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences from 2018 until 2020. She also taught Trial Practice at Catholic University School of Law from 1998 until 2012. In addition to litigating and teaching, Professor Frey-Balter is a freelance writer whose focus intersects social justice, Judaism, and parenting. Her recent community involvement includes work as a 2018 Imagining Justice in Baltimore Fellow at the Institute for Islamic, Christian, and Jewish Studies. In 2018, she also worked as a neighborhood liaison for the City of Baltimore Consent Decree Monitoring Team. In 2005, she was named Adjunct Faculty of the Year at Maryland Carey Law. In 2023, she was named Professor of the Year by the Black Law Students Association.