Katharine Bau Hsiao, Directing Attorney

Katharine Bau Hsiao co-directs NSCLC’s Oakland Office and is working on long term care and Medicare Part D issues.  Katharine is a co-author of the Baby Boomer’s Guide to Nursing Home Care (Taylor Trade, August, 2006), and Medicare Part D: State and Local Efforts to Assist Vulnerable Beneficiaries (Commonwealth Fund, May, 2008) and numerous other guides to assist advocates in navigating low income health programs for seniors.  Prior to coming to NSCLC in 2005, Katharine served as a Managing Attorney at Legal Assistance for Seniors in Oakland, California for 10 years.  She was a key co-founder of the Alameda County Legal Language Project which provides trained interpreters and translators to legal services providers, and has led local, regional and national trainings on Cultural Competency, Language Access, and a variety of substantive elder law areas.  Katharine has also served as Interim Director of the Legal Aid Association of California, as Assistant Director of Career Planning for Minorities and Public Interest/Public Service at Boalt Hall School of Law, and as a private practice elder law attorney.  Katharine is a magna cum laude graduate of Yale University and a member of Phi Beta Kappa (1982); she has a J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley (1988) and an M.Div. from the American Baptist Seminary of the West (2000).


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