Kate Hege, Workers' Rights Coordinating Attorney
Hailing from the Midwest, in 2001 Ms. Hegé graduated from the University of Kansas with high honors and a joint Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish Literature and Language, and Latin American Studies. During college she studied abroad in Jalapa, Mexico and Barcelona, Spain. After graduating, Ms. Hegé traveled extensively in Mexico, Guatemala, Cuba, Belize, Chile, Argentina, Peru, Bolivia, and Brazil.
Ms. Hegé earned her J.D. from the University of California Hastings College of the Law in 2006. As a law student, Ms. Hegé interned with public interest organizations while serving on the UC Hastings Public Interest Law Foundation Board as well as on the Executive Board of the Associated Students of UC Hastings. During law school she also completed the UC Hastings Legislative Clinic as a legislative aide to California Senator Sheila Kuehl. Before graduating she was honored by her classmates, UC Hastings staff, and her professors with an “Outstanding Student Leader” award.
As an attorney, Ms. Hegé has represented Spanish-speaking, low-wage, immigrant workers in wage and hour, discrimination, and harassment matters. Ms. Hegé has met with various community groups across Northern California to educate workers about their rights and has made guest appearances on bilingual public radio programs about workers’ rights. Ms. Hegé is admitted to the State Bar of California. She is a member of the California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA) and chairs the CELA Immigrant Employee Rights Committee.