Over the past few years, Attorney Kate Godin has enjoyed several major successes in representing criminal defendants. From trying (and winning) a multiple count child molestation trial, to obtaining a dismissal in a child abuse case, Kate has shown that she is willing to challenge the State at every turn. In 2009, Kate helped to successfully challenge a provision of the Penalties section of Rhode Island’s Sexual Offender Registration and Community Notification Act, R.I.G.L. §§ 11-37.1-1 et seq. After writing three legal memoranda and a filing civil complaint in the case, Superior Court Presiding Judge Rodgers found that R.I.G.L. § 11-37.1-10(c) was an unconstitutional Taking as it applied to the client. In addition to significant results in major felony cases, Kate has also represented several clients in 32(f) proceedings (violation of probation hearings), bail hearings, motions to expunge, and district court misdemeanors.
In 2010, Kate Godin won an appeal to the Massachusetts Appeals Court in which Attorney Godin challenged the issuance of a c. 209A restraining order. In the summer of 2013, Kate got a client’s failure to register conviction in Massachusetts vacated and set aside by the Massachusetts Appeals Court, after the Court agreed that the Commonwealth failed to present sufficient evidence of her client’s guilt. Kate has also won several sex offender classification hearings and appeals in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
Attorney Godin is a member of the National Association for Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Rhode Island Association for Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Rhode Island and Massachusetts Bar Associations, the Rhode Island Association for Justice, and is a 2009 graduate of the National Criminal Defense College. She is licensed to practice in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts state courts, as well as in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island, and the First and Second Circuit Courts of Appeals.
Kate represents indigent defendants through court-appointments in Rhode Island in misdemeanor, appellate cases and sex offender classification appeals, and through CPCS in Massachusetts in criminal appeals, and Sex Offender Registry Board (“SORB”) classification hearings and appeals, and in sexually dangerous person (“SDP”) jury trials and appeals.
For the last four years, Kate Godin has been selected as one of Rhode Island’s “Rising Stars” in criminal defense by SuperLawyers.com (as a result of both peer nominations and third-party evaluations), and has served since December of 2010 on RI ACLU’s Board of Directors. In October 2013, Kate was designated as Rhode Island’s National Board Representative for the ACLU.
Kate graduated fourth in her class, magna cum laude, from Roger Williams University School of Law. During her time at Roger Williams, Kate strove for the best academic and practical legal experience she could receive. From teaching law to high school seniors at Cranston East in Roger Williams’ “Street Law” program, to becoming a semi-finalist in the law school’s Moot Court competition, to becoming a co-captain of the Roger Williams’ Trial Team, Kate took full advantage of the wonderful opportunities her legal education had to offer. As a law student, Kate completed internships with the United States Attorney’s Office in Providence, criminal defense attorney (and R.I. Lawyers Weekly’s Lawyer of the Year in 2008) George J. West, Providence Superior Court Justice Daniel A. Procaccini, and United States District Court Judge Ernest C. Torres. She also helped research and write two published law review articles for her professors, drafted several appellate briefs to the Rhode Island Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the First and Second Circuits, and has done extensive research in the areas of medical malpractice, housing, race relations, Constitutional and International law. She authored a 100-page article on the deficiencies of the Criminal Justice System (which is available for download here), and has aided in the submission of two amicus curie briefs: one to the Rhode Island Supreme Court in the Lead Hazard Mitigation Act case of Mackie v. State, 936 A.2d 588 (R.I. 2007), and the other to the United States Supreme Court in the Exxon Valdez oil spill case of Exxon v. Baker , 128 S.Ct. 2605 (2008).
Before law school, Kate developed her focus and strong work ethic during her time as eight-time high school National Champion in the hammer and 20-pound weight throws. Throughout high school at Warwick Veterans Memorial High School (“Vets”) and college at The Pennsylvania State University (“Penn State”), Kate competed against national record-holders and Olympians, even beating the 2000 Olympic gold medalist at the Junior World Championship in Santiago, Chile at the age of sixteen. She received training at the United States Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA, and from world record-holder Yuri Sedykh. She is a former high school national record-holder, and a NCAA finalist. Finishing her athletic career upon graduation with distinction from Penn State(where she obtained a double major in Crime, Law, & Justice and Sociology, and a minor in Women’s Studies), Kate left behind her passion for athletic competition for a career in criminal law and litigation.
Kate Godin knows how to handle responsibility and adversity. She knows how to stay focused under the highest levels of pressure, and how to perform against the strongest of competitors. Her belief in the ideals of the Constitution and the foundation of the Criminal Justice System makes her a passionate and dedicated criminal defense attorney, and her constant desire to further her legal education and improve her researching, writing and litigation skills makes her capable of achieving positive results in various areas of the law.
To contact Attorney Godin, please call The Law Office of Katherine Godin, Inc. at (401) 274-2423, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.