Katrina Gossett is an Indianapolis native and a litigator at the national firm Faegre Baker Daniels LLP. She received her bachelor of arts in theater at the University of Notre Dame in 2006 and her JD from the University of Chicago Law School in 2009. She has received numerous honors over the years, including being selected as the MDA Personal Achievement Award Winner for Indiana in 2011 and being selected as a Kirkland and Ellis scholar at the University of Chicago.
Katrina, who was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy at 13-months old, is very active in the community and is particularly dedicated to promoting the inclusion of people with disabilities in every aspect of community. She is on the board for the Indiana Governor's Council for People with Disabilities as well as the board for Champ Camp, a camp for children with disabilities, including tracheostomies and ventilators. Katrina has been an active volunteer for the MDA, raising money through telethons and walks and serving as the leader of the young adult group for the Central Indiana MDA. Katrina also regularly contributes to the MDA Transition Center blogs. Katrina and a law school classmate, Katy Welter, are currently writing a book about her experience of disability in our culture.
Outside of her work, Katrina also performs improv with ComedySportz Indianapolis, where she loves having the opportunity to play any character and not worry about others’ perceived limitations. On performing improv, she has written: “I've always known who I am and that my disability does not limit or define me, but every time I perform improv it's another opportunity to share that with a new audience... When you can make people laugh, your differences fade, if only for that moment, and people start to understand each other.”
Katrina will be sharing her unique perspective through her daily blogs about the Clinical Conference.
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