Court Appointed Special Advocates
May 20, 2020 11:45 AM
Kathleen LaValle
Court Appointed Special Advocates

Kathleen McElroy LaValle
President and CEO, Dallas CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)
Kathleen LaValle became president of Dallas CASA in July 2014 following three decades of practicing law, earning distinction in Chambers USA as a top tier counsel and preeminent practitioner and chairing the Texas State Bar Antitrust and Business Litigation Section. Today she leads the largest CASA program in the country in terms of total children served by volunteers, number of volunteer advocates, and annual revenue. In 2019, Dallas CASA and its 1,500 volunteer advocates will serve more than 3,500 children in foster care. Now advocating for 98% of Dallas County children in foster care today, Dallas CASA’s goal is to serve every child in need.
While a partner with Jackson Walker LLP, Kathleen headed the women’s initiative and served on the firm-wide diversity committee. She currently serves as a member of the Dallas County Child Welfare Board, the Texas CASA board of directors, and the Nonprofit CEO Council. Prior to transitioning to her nonprofit role, Kathleen served on the Dallas CASA board of directors for 12 years, including a term as board chair. Kathleen was recognized as an SMU Dedman School of Law Distinguished Alumni in 2018 and she was the recipient of the Dallas Regional Chamber’s ATHENA® Award in 2014.
Kathleen received her JD from SMU’s Dedman School of Law and her BA from the University of Notre Dame. Immediately following law school, LaValle clerked for the Hon. Robert Madden Hill, U.S. District Court (N.D. Tex.) and she later taught Legal Writing and Texas Pre-Trial Practice and Texas Trial and Appellate Practice as an adjunct professor at SMU