United States Attorney’s Office, District of Minnesota
Tough assignments are not a problem for Kate Thornton Buzicky. In her short career as a lawyer, she’s had plenty.
In 2007, immediately after then-ROTC Officer Buzicky passed the bar exam, the recent Harvard Law graduate began active duty at Fort Hood, Texas, to serve in the U.S. Army’s Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps. Shortly after, she was deployed to Baghdad as a detainee operations attorney, where her work included providing legal advice on the release of thousands of detainees.
Buzicky’s second assignment in the Army was as a military prosecutor from 2010 to April 2012. She continued to prosecute cases when she was deployed to Iraq a second time, in 2011.
“I prosecuted a wide variety of cases, from the sexual abuse of children, to guys going AWOL, to homicide and property crimes; anything and everything,” says Buzicky. “[In the Army JAG Corps], you get a ton of responsibility at a very early stage of your career. I couldn’t believe the kind of experience I was able to get.”
After serving 4 1/2 years in the Army, Buzicky decided to leave military service. She knew she wanted to continue doing what she loved most: being in a courtroom prosecuting cases, but in the Army, the higher the rank, the fewer chances there are to litigate.
Buzicky returned to her home state in 2012 and began working as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota in May 2013. Most of her work centers on Project Safe Childhood, a Department of Justice program that combats arguably some of the toughest cases out there – child pornography and the exploitation of children.
Buzicky admits the work can be difficult, but she’s motivated by her love of public service.
“I love working as a prosecutor,” says Buzicky. “I love working for vulnerable people and the community around me. It’s a real honor. Our U.S. attorney talks about this too – It’s an honor to stand up and say I’m here on behalf of the United States. It’s incredible.”