Kate S. Im

Kate S. Im Associate

Kate Im is an Associate in Liebert Cassidy Whitmore’s Los Angeles Office where she provides counsel and representation to public sector agencies and educational institutions on a variety of matters including labor, employment, and education law.  Kate advises clients in labor and employment matters including employee hiring, firing, and discipline, personnel grievances, complaints by and against employees, internal policies, and labor relations. She also assists clients by handling all pre-trial stages of litigation including responsive pleadings, written discovery, investigation, and dispositive motions.

Kate specializes in working with school districts covering the full spectrum of education law including personnel matters, collective bargaining, public works contracts, and student affairs. She represents school districts both as a litigator and as their general counsel. She also has experience advising clients on matters dealing with special education laws, employee discipline and termination, labor relations, teacher layoffs, public contracts, and student privacy issues.

Prior to joining Liebert Cassidy Whitmore, Kate worked as an associate representing public agencies at a Southern California midsize boutique firm. Kate graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles and received her Juris Doctor from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law.  Kate can speak conversational Korean.


  • BA, University of California, Los Angeles

  • JD, University of Southern California Law School

Aug 6, 2020 Business & Facilities

Community Colleges May Be Entitled To Reimbursement For Costs Associated With State-Mandated “Minimum Conditions”

The Los Rios Community College District, Santa Monica Community College District, and West Kern Community College District each sought state reimbursement for costs associated with meeting various “minimum conditions” set out in the Education Code and Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations. These “minimum conditions” pertain to standards and procedures that a community college district must adopt and maintain in a multitude of areas in order to receive state funding.

Jun 24, 2020

Public Agencies Can Now Apply for FEMA Public Assistance

The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (“FEMA”) Public Assistance program provides billions of dollars Federal funding to States, local governments, and eligible private non-profit organizations for emergency disaster mitigation and relief efforts.  For instance, the County of Los Angeles recently received $31 million of FEMA assistance to carry out coronavirus testing. In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, Public Assistance is also available to cover costs such as purchase and distribution of food and protective equipment, disinfecting public facilities, staff training, and communications of health information as well as eligible labor costs. Local governments, including counties, municipalities, cities, local public authorities, school districts, and special districts, may be eligible to receive some of this FEMA funding to cover their increased expenses or to provide additional services.

May 22, 2020

Medical Marijuana For School Students? It's Now Authorized in California

Partner Frances Rogers and Associate Kate S. Im authored the Santa Monica Observer article, "Medical Marijuana for Students? It's Now Authorized in California," discussing SB 223, new legislation allowing California school districts, charter schools, and county offices of education, to adopt a policy allowing a parent or guardian to dispense prescribed forms of cannabis to their student on school grounds.

May 21, 2020

Is This Being Recorded? Navigating FERPA in the Virtual Classroom

When the COVID-19 outbreak reached California, schools throughout the state converted traditional classes to a distance education model for millions of students seemingly overnight. Distance education programs rely on a combination of websites, programs/applications, and other technologies to deliver content, facilitate communication, administer exams, and more. Video conferencing applications (e.g., Zoom) with screen sharing features allow educators to recreate live classes online and have become invaluable remote teaching tools. This sudden and unprecedented reliance on these technologies raises urgent questions regarding student privacy and specifically pupil records.

Apr 30, 2020

Interaction between Emergency Paid Sick Leave and Paid Family Leave/State Disability Insurance

Employees who are eligible for Emergency Paid Sick Leave (“EPSL”) under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) may also file a claim for Paid Family Leave (“PFL”) or State Disability Insurance (“SDI”), two benefits established under California law.

Apr 17, 2020

Medical Marijuana Makes Its Way Into California K-12 Schools

Frances Rogers and Kate Im authored an article for the Daily Journal discussing SB 223 and its entrance into the California public K-12 school system. To read the full article, please visit the Daily Journal's website here.  


  • BA, University of California, Los Angeles

  • JD, University of Southern California Law School

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