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 an 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. Throughout her work, Professor Sabbeth explores the potential for lawyers to promote equality and the limits of that potential. At UNC, her courses have included the Civil Legal Assistance Clinic, Civil Lawyering Process, Employment Discrimination, and Legal Ethics and Social Justice. In the Civil Legal Assistance Clinic, Professor Sabbeth’s students represent clients in housing, employment, and other racial 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 Guantánamo information, education equity, and other civil rights matters.

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 tenants in housing litigation.

Prior to teaching, 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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