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Katherine Goldwasser

Professor of Law Emerita

Katherine Goldwasser retired from the School of Law in 2015, after serving for twenty-five years as a member of the faculty. She taught courses in Constitutional Criminal Procedure, Evidence, Torts, Trial Practice, and supervised students serving as externs in the U.S. Attorney’s Offices for both the Eastern District of Missouri and the Southern District of Illinois. She also served for six years as the law school’s Dean of Students, during which time she devoted particular attention to strengthening the law school’s support for students who wanted to pursue careers in public interest law.

A 1978 graduate of Temple University School of Law, Goldwasser entered academia after clerking for U.S. District Court (late of the Court of Appeals) Judge Edward R. Becker in Philadelphia and serving as a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago.

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  • Education
    • J.D. summa cum laude, Temple University School of Law, 1978
    • B.A., University of Illinois, 1971
  • Courses
    • Constitutional Criminal Procedure
    • Evidence
    • Torts
    • Trial Practice
    • Government Lawyering Externship
  • Publications
    • “The Prosecution, the Grand Jury, and the Decision Not to Charge,” in Ferguson’s Fault Lines: The Race Quake That Rocked a Nation, edited by Kimberly Norwood (American Bar Association 2016)
    • With Jane Aiken, The Perils of Empowerment, 20 Cornell J.L. & Pub. Pol’y 139 (2010)
    • The Taxonomy of Expert Testimony post Kumho: Refocusing on the Bottomlines of Reliability and Necessity, Response to Edward J. Imwinkelried, 30 Cumberland Law Review 227 (2000)
    • Vindicating the Right to Trial by Jury and the Requirement of Proof Beyond a Reasonable Doubt: A Critique of the Conventional Wisdom About Excluding Defense Evidence, 86 Georgetown Law Journal 621 (1998)
    • With Barbara J. Flagg, Fighting for Truth, Justice, and the Asymmetrical Way, 76 Washington University Law Quarterly 105 (1998)
    • Limiting a Criminal Defendant’s Use of Peremptory Challenges: On Symmetry and the Jury in a Criminal Trial, 102 Harvard Law Review 808 (1989)
    • After ABSCAM: An Examination of Congressional Proposals to Limit Targeting Discretion in Federal Undercover Investigations, 36 Emory Law Journal 75 (1987)