Kathleen Purcell (Ret.)
Kathleen J. Purcell is a founding partner of Remcho, Johansen & Purcell. She was admitted to the California Bar in 1978. She is a graduate of Stanford University (B.A., 1974) and Stanford Law School (J.D., 1977).
Ms. Purcell was a member of the Committee on the Administration of Justice, State Bar of California, from 1982 to 1985. She served on the Board of Governors, California Women Lawyers, from 1982 to 1984 and chaired their amicus committee from 1982 to 1985. She was a founding Board Member of the San Francisco Women Lawyers Alliance, and served for several years on the Litigation Committee of Equal Rights Advocates. She was an instructor at Loyola Law School, Chicago, Illinois in 1979, teaching Advanced Civil Procedure, and at St. Mary's College, Moraga, California in 1990, teaching Constitutional Values. She was part of a team of legal consultants invited to Nicaragua in 1985 as part of Nicaragua's efforts to draft a new constitution. Ms. Purcell has extensive trial and appellate experience in both civil and criminal litigation.
Ms. Purcell is also involved in K-12 schools and education programs. She taught at St. Ignatius College Preparatory from 1989 to 1996. While at St. Ignatius, she took charge of developing summer immersion programs and was Diversity Director for the Western Region of the Jesuit Secondary Educators Association from 1994 to 1996. From 1996 to 2001 and from 2004 to the present, she has served on the Advisory Committee for the Law Academy, a partnership of the San Francisco Unified School District and the San Francisco Bar Association. She was a Member of the Board of Trustees of St. Elizabeth High School, Oakland, California, from 1996 to1998. She has also worked closely with the education projects of State and nonprofit organizations, including the California International Studies Project and International Development Exchange.