A native of Kansas, Mrs. Katie Jo Luningham (née Baumgardner) is an attorney at Alston & Bird in Atlanta, Georgia. Her practice centers on complex litigation matters with an emphasis on issues facing institutions of higher education, data privacy, and class action defense. She previously served as a law clerk at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Prior to clerking, Mrs. Luningham was an attorney at Husch Blackwell in Kansas City, where she specialized in higher education litigation and regulatory compliance. She was a member of the legal team that won the 2017 Education Law Association’s August Steinhilber Award for “Best Brief.” She also was a 2017 Missouri Bar Pro Bono Wall of Fame honoree for her commitment to pro bono legal service. In addition to her service as a regent, she serves on the national board of the U.S. Senate Youth Program Alumni Association.
In 2015, Mrs. Luningham earned a JD, magna cum laude, from Notre Dame Law School, where she won the NDLS First-Year Moot Court Tournament and received the Dean’s Award for Legal Writing and Law of Education. In 2015, she won a Burton Distinguished Legal Writing Award, administered by the U.S. Library of Congress. She received the J.L. Weigand Jr. Notre Dame Legal Education Trust Scholarship and was named the 2017 Alumni of the Year.
Mrs. Luningham earned a BA in University Scholars, summa cum laude with honors, from Baylor in 2011. She served as a student senator and led Baylor’s Big XII on the Hill Student Government coalition. In high school, she was a National Merit Scholar and two-time Kansas debate state champion.
She is married to Dr. Justin Luningham (BA ’09), a research assistant professor of biostatistics in the School of Public Health at Georgia State University and an adjunct teaching professor in the Department of Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Notre Dame. The Luninghams are members of Intown Lutheran Church in Atlanta, Georgia.