Hon. Kathryn A. Oberly (Washington, D.C.), was appointed to the District of Columbia Court of Appeals in 2009, by President George W. Bush. She attended Vassar College from 1967 to 1969, and, after transferring to the University of Wisconsin, earned her B.A. in Political Science (with Honors) in 1971. In 1973, she received her law degree cum laude from the University of Wisconsin Law School, where she was Articles Editor of the Wisconsin Law Review.
Judge Oberly served as a law clerk to the late Honorable Donald P. Lay of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and later moved to the District of Columbia, where she served as an appellate lawyer in the Land and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and then as an Assistant to the Solicitor General of the United States. She entered private practice in 1986 as a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Mayer, Brown & Platt. In 1991, she joined Ernst & Young's Washington office as an Associate General Counsel, in charge of the firm's appellate and special litigation. In 1994, she was appointed Vice Chair and General Counsel of Ernst & Young, a post she held until her appointment to the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. Among other civic and professional activities, Judge Oberly is a member of the Council of the American Law Institute.