Katie Wright is an assistant professor of criminal justice and former prosecutor with a passion for improving the justice system. She holds a B.A. in English from Thomas Edison State University and a J.D. from the University of Dayton School of Law. As a Clinton County assistant prosecutor, Katie spearheaded the Clinton County Family Law Clinic in conjunction with the Volunteer Lawyers Project. The clinic was staffed with local volunteer attorneys and provided free legal help to indigent individuals in the community. Katie also obtained a grant through the Ohio Commission on Fatherhood and developed the Clinton County Fatherhood Initiative, which provides mentorship and assistance to noncustodial fathers in the community. Both projects have received statewide and national recognition in the child support community. Katie was eventually promoted to felony division chief, where she prepared, presented and prosecuted felony cases until leaving the prosecutor’s office in 2018. She joined the full-time faculty at Wilmington College in January 2019.
Katie teaches criminal justice courses such as Criminal Law and Investigation, Victimology, Juvenile Justice and Police, Law and Society. With an interest in issues of mass incarceration and rehabilitation, Katie has also given Continuing Legal Education trainings to prosecutors on creative alternatives to incarceration. An avid ballroom dancer and competitive West Coast Swing dancer, Katie also maintains a blog where she writes about living a more adventurous life