Klein, Thorpe and Jenkins, Ltd.

Kathleen M. Terese

Kathleen M. Terese


Kathleen M. Terese

Kathleen Terese is an associate with Klein, Thorpe & Jenkins, Ltd. She received her B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of Illinois in 2007. She earned her J.D. from the University of Illinois in 2010, graduating magna cum laude. During law school, Ms. Terese was a member of the Elder Law Journal and an editor of the Frederick Green Moot Court team. She was also an extern for the Office of University Counsel. After law school, Ms. Terese worked several years at a Chicago law firm defending corporations in mass tort litigation. Prior to joining KTJ, she worked as an attorney representing school districts and special education cooperatives with a school law firm.  

Ms. Terese focuses her practice on general municipal law, library law, and school law, including special education matters.  


CALI Excellence for the Future Award in legal writing


•National Business Institute’s IEP’s and 504 Plans: A Legal Compliance Guide Seminar, Presentation on Special Education Eligibility and Evaluations, November 2nd, 2017. 
•Illinois Library Association Annual Conference, “Library Board of Trustees Meetings: Proper Procedures and Compliance with the Open Meetings Act”, October 12th, 2017. 
•Illinois Alliance of Administrators of Special Education Fall Conference – “The Nuances of a School District’s Growing Obligations to Students Eligible Under Section 504 and the ADA”, September 28th, 2017. 

Ms. Terese has spoken on a variety of school law and special education topics. She has also presented on the Open Meetings and Freedom of Information Acts.