Catherine J. Ross

Catherine J. Ross

Title: Professor of Law

Address: 2000 H Street, N.W, Washington, DC 20052
Telephone: 202.994.9456
Fax: 202.994.5614

B.A., Ph.D., J.D., Yale University

Biographical Sketch
Professor Ross specializes in constitutional law (with particular emphasis on the First Amendment), family law, and legal and policy issues concerning children. Her new book, "Lessons in Censorship: How Schools and Courts Subvert Students' First Amendment Rights" (Harvard University Press, in press) will be available in October of 2015. Professor Ross has been a co-author of "Contemporary Family Law" (Thomson/West) since the First Edition; the Fourth Edition will be available in the fall of 2015.

In 2015-2016, Professor Ross will be 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 at Princeton from 2008-2009. Professor Ross has taught as a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Boston College (where she held joint appointments in the School of Education and the History Department) and St. John’s School of Law in New York.

An elected Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, Professor Ross is former chair of the ABA’s Steering Committee on the Unmet Legal Needs of Children, former chair of the Section on Law and Communitarianism of the Association of American Law Schools, and has served on a wide variety of ABA committees. She serves on the editorial board of the Family Courts Review, and is a former editorial board member of the Family Law Quarterly.

Prior to entering legal academia, Professor Ross was a litigator at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York, where she won major impact litigation on behalf of the city’s homeless population. Before attending Yale Law School, Professor Ross was on the faculty of the Yale Child Study Center, and the Bush Center on Child Development and Social Policy at Yale.

Professor Ross teaches Constitutional Law, Family Law, and Child, Family and State.

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