Catherine J. Lanctot

Professor of Law


Biography

    Catherine J. Lanctot is a Professor of Law at Villanova University Law School.  Professor Lanctot is a graduate of Brown University and Georgetown University Law Center.  From 1981 to 1982, she served as a law clerk to the Hon. Murray M. Schwartz of the United States District Court of Delaware.  After a year as an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, Professor Lanctot then joined the Civil Division of the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., serving first as a Trial Attorney and then as the Assistant Branch Director for Government Information. She joined the faculty of Villanova Law School in 1988 and currently teaches Constitutional Law, American Legal History, and Legal Profession.

Professor Lanctot has written in the area of employment discrimination and legal ethics.  Her employment discrimination articles include The Defendant Lies and the Plaintiff Loses:  The Fallacy of the 'Pretext-Plus' Rule in Employment Discrimination Cases, 43 Hast. L.J. 57 (1991); Ad Hoc Decision Making And Per Se Prejudice:  How Individualizing The Determination of "Disability" Undermines The ADA,  42 Vill. L. Rev. 327 (1997); The Plain Meaning of Oncale,  7 Wm. & Mary Bill of Rts. J. 913 (1999); and Secrets and Lies: The Need for a Definitive Rule of Law in Pretext Cases, 61 La. L. Rev. 539 (2001).  Her legal ethics writings include The Duty of Zealous Advocacy and the Ethics of the Federal Government Lawyer:  The Three Hardest Questions, 64 S.Cal. L. Rev. 951 (1991); Government Lawyers in Civil Litigation and the Rules of Professional Conduct, 1997 Prof. Law. 125 (1997); Attorney Client Relationships in Cyberspace: The Peril And The Promise,  49 Duke L.J.  147 (1999);  Scriveners  in Cyberspace: Online Document Preparation and the Unauthorized Practice of Law, 30 Hofstra L. Rev. 811 (2002); and Creating Attorney-Client Relationships by Giving Legal Advice On-Line, 16 St. John's J. Leg. Comm. 569 (2002).

Practice Experience

  • Law Clerk to the Hon. Murray M. Schwartz of the United States District Court of Delaware (1981-1982)  
  • Associate, Washington, D.C. office of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld
  • Trial Attorney, Civil Division of the United States Department of Justice, Washington, D.C.
  • Assistant Branch Director for Government Information, Civil Division of the United States Department of Justice, Washington, D.C.
  • Joined the faculty in 1988
Professor Catherine J. Lanctot

Office: Rm 231, Law School Building
Phone: 610-519-7076
Fax: 610-519-6837
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Publications

Courses and Seminars

  • American Legal History
  • Constitutional Law I
  • Constitutional Law II
  • Legal Profession

 

Education

Graduate of Brown University and Georgetown University Law Center