Kathryn A. Sabbeth

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  • LL.M., Georgetown University
  • J.D., New York University Law School
  • B.A., Sociology, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor

Kathryn Sabbeth is a tenured associate professor of law at the University of North Carolina. Her teaching and scholarship focus on public interest lawyers, public law litigation, and access to justice. At UNC, her courses include the Civil Legal Assistance Clinic, Civil Lawyering Process, Legal Ethics and Social Justice, and Employment Discrimination. In the Civil Legal Assistance Clinic, Professor Sabbeth’s students represent clients in employment, housing, and other civil rights and economic justice cases. Before joining the UNC law faculty, Professor Sabbeth taught at Georgetown University Law Center. As a teaching fellow at Georgetown’s Institute for Public Representation, she taught in a civil rights clinic and supervised federal litigation regarding employment discrimination, public access to information, and other areas of public concern.

Sabbeth received her B.A. in Sociology from the University of Michigan, Phi Beta Kappa, and her J.D. from New York University School of Law, where she was an Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Liberties Fellow, an editor for the Review of Law and Social Change, and the recipient of the Christian Jarecki (‘98) Memorial Prize for outstanding work in NYU’s clinical program. During law school, she worked at organizations including the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., the New York Civil Liberties Union, the Foreclosure Prevention Project of South Brooklyn Legal Services, and the labor and employment firm of Vladeck, Waldman, Elias and Englehard, P.C. Following graduation, she joined South Brooklyn Legal Services to represent low-income tenants in housing litigation.

Sabbeth clerked for the Honorable James C. Francis IV in the Southern District of New York and the Honorable Warren J. Ferguson of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

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Selected Publications

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  • Simplicity as Justice, 2018 WISC. L. REV. 287 (2018). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis]
  • Housing Defense as the New Gideon, 41 HARV. J.L. & GENDER (forthcoming 2017). [SSRN]
  • The Prioritization of Criminal Over Civil Counsel and the Discounted Danger of Private Power, 42 FLA. ST. U. L. REV. 889 (2015). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein]
  • Zeal on Behalf of Vulnerable Clients, 93 N.C. L. REV. 1475 (2015). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, Hein, BEPress]
  • Capital Defenders as Outsider Lawyers, 89 CHI.-KENT L. REV. 569 (2014). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein, BEPress]
  • What's Money Got to Do With It?: Public Interest Lawyering and Profit, 91 DENV. U. L. REV. 441 (2014). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein]
  • Towards an Understanding of Litigation as Expression: Lessons from Guantánamo, 44 U.C. DAVIS L. REV. 1487 (2011). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein]
  • Contracting (Out) Rights (with D. Vladeck), 36 FORDHAM URB. L.J. 803 (2009). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein, BEPress]
  • A HISTORY OF THE ARTHUR GARFIELD HAYS CIVIL LIBERTIES PROGRAM 1958-2008 (with N. Dorsen, H. Hershkoff, S. Law, and G. Prisco) (NYU Law, 2008). [KF292.N475 Z54 2008 ]
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