Duke Law Graduation 2023 | Apple General Counsel Kate Adams

The Distinguished Speaker for the Duke Law 2023 Convocation Ceremony is Kate Adams, general counsel at Apple. Adams serves on the company's executive team and oversees all legal matters, including corporate governance, intellectual property litigation, and securities compliance, global security, and privacy.

Kate joined Apple from Honeywell in 2017, where she worked for 14 years; most recently as senior vice president and general counsel. Prior to joining Honeywell, she was a partner at the law firm Sidley Austin. Earlier in her career, she served as a law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, trial attorney for the United States Department of Justice in the Environmental and National Natural Resources Division, and law clerk for Stephen Breyer, who was then chief judge of the U.S Court of Appeals.

For the First Circuit, she earned a bachelor's degree in Comparative Literature from Brown University and a law degree from the University of Chicago Law School, where she served on the Law School Council.