From Mock Trials to District Attorney, the Course of a Lifetime Leads Teacher to Legal Career – Knox County Village
Kathryn King was sworn in this month as the new Knox County Deputy Prosecutor.
His arrival at the district attorney’s office was the culmination of a life founded on working for social justice.
King turned to law in a career spanning more than 30 years in education. Her first teaching post was at Dexter where she spent two years, before teaching two years at Hampden College. In 1990, she was hired at Hampden Academy where she remained until 2017.
While she was initially an English teacher, she was quickly put in charge of teaching American history and public policy.
King attended a seminar on the law relating to equity and justice which she found so compelling, which in 1993 led her to involve the school in a mock trial program hosted by the Association of Bar of Maine. The student team, with her as the coach, won the first six Maine State High School Mock Trial Championships.
The mock trial process helped the students gain self-confidence, speak upright and feel personal power, she said. King then concocted a class that taught these skills.
In 2001-2002, King took a year off at the University of Maine Law School in Portland. She then wanted to turn to law but waited until her young son and daughter had completed their education and higher education.
In 2016, she was named Lowell Milken Center Fellow for Unsung Heroes. The Center noted that King wanted his students to develop a love for social studies that would spark a lifelong relationship with the democratic process, as well as enable them to confidently and effectively engage in public policy making and criticism. .
While teaching at Hampden Academy, King was recognized by the American Bar Association, the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine, the Maine Bar Association, and the Choices Program at Brown University as an exemplary educator.
In 2017, she left Hampden Academy and enrolled in Maine School of Law. While in law school, she was selected as a Rural Law Fellow where she was assigned to legal practices in rural areas. This included a time in Damariscotta and then in Calais.
King was sworn in on December 3 in the Knox County Upper Courtroom by Hampden Academy graduate Judge Jeffrey Hjelm.
King succeeds Lynn Madison who returned to private practice earlier in 2021. Madison had joined the District Attorney’s staff in March 2019.
Kathryn King, right, is sworn in to the Bar of Maine on Dec. 3 in Knox County Superior Court by Justice Jeffrey Hjelm.
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