Catherine J. Ross

Catherine J. Ross

Title: Professor of Law

Telephone: 202.994.9456

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

Specialties/Areas of Expertise:
Family law; child custody; property distribution; children's rights, law and policy; schools and education; constitutional law; First Amendment, speech and religion; foster care and the child welfare system; child abuse and neglect; children and media; juvenile justice; litigation; unified family courts; evidence; poverty; gender

Fellow of the American Bar Foundation; American Bar Association; Association of American Law Schools; appointed member of the ABA Coalition for Justice

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Brief Bio:

  • served as vice chair of the American Bar Association's Working Group on the Unmet Legal Needs of Children (1993) and the principal author of its report which the New York Times called "landmark"
  • Member, Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, School of Social Science, 2008–09
  • serves on the editorial boards of the Family Law Quarterly and the Family Courts Review
  • former member of the ABA Committee on the Accreditation of Law Schools; former chair, American Association of Law Schools Section on Law and Communitarian Studies
  • chair, Committee on the Rights of Children, ABA Section on Individual Rights and Responsibilities; past chair (1994–98) of the ABA's Steering Committee on the Unmet Legal Needs of Children
  • litigator for seven years at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York City, where she won major impact litigation on behalf of the city’s homeless population