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Catherine J. Ross Faculty Member

Positions

  • Professor of Law, LAW , Law 2002 -
  • Associate Professor, LAW , Law 2000 - 2004
  • Associate Professor, LAW , Law 1996 - 1999
Prof. Ross writes and teaches in the areas of constitutional law, especially the First Amendment, family law, children's rights and social policy issues. Her book Lessons in Censorship: How Schools and Courts Subvert Students' First Amendment Rights (Harvard University Press, 2015) was named the Best Book on the First Amendment of 2015 by Concurring Opinions' First Amendment News. In 2016 it received the Critics' Choice Book Award from the American Educational Studies Association. She has been a co-author of Contemporary Family Law (Thomson West 4th ed. 2016) since the first edition. Prof Ross writes the chapters on child custody at dissolution, custody and visitation disputes after dissolution, and property rights, and co-authors the introductory chapter and a chapter on rights and obligations that includes extensive discussion of family finances and gender. During her 2015-2016 sabbatical Professor Ross was a Visiting Scholar at the Harvard School of Education. She was a Member of the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton in 2008-2009, and has been been a visiting Professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Boston College (in Law, Education and History) and St. John's Law School. Before joining the Law School faculty, Professor Ross was a litigator at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York, where in addition to general corporate litigation she played a key role in a number of high profile pro bono cases, including litigation brought on behalf of New York's homeless population. Prof. Ross was primary author of the American Bar Association's report on America's Children at Risk, which led to more than a decade of focused bar association efforts on behalf of children, which she spearheaded as the leader of the ABA's Steering Committee on the Unmet Legal Needs of Children. She is an elected Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. Professor Ross holds a B.A., Ph.D. in History and a J.D. from Yale University, where she served on the faculty of the Yale Child Study Center (Yale School of Medicine) before attending law school.

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