Cate is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Legal Priorities Project. She holds a BS in molecular biophysics and a BA in philosophy from the University of Arizona and a law degree from Yale. After clerking on the Southern District of New York and Second Circuit Court of Appeals, Cate practiced at Kellogg Hansen in Washington DC. She later served as general counsel of two Bay Area art firms. She is also a former No. 1 ranked female poker player in the world.