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

Before joining the UNC law faculty, Professor Sabbeth taught at Georgetown University Law Center, where, as a teaching fellow in the Institute for Public Representation, she supervised clinic students handling employment discrimination, education, and open government litigation.

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 civil rights organizations including the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., the New York Civil Liberties Union, and the labor and employment firm of Vladeck, Waldman, Elias and Englehard, P.C.  Following graduation, at South Brooklyn Legal Services, she represented 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.  

Professor Sabbeth's current research focuses on public interest lawyering and access to justice.  She teaches Civil Lawyering Process, Civil Clinic, and Employment Discrimination.

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Selected Publications

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  • The Prioritization of Criminal Over Civil Counsel and the Discounted Danger of Private Power, 42 FLA. ST. U. L. REV. (2015).
  • Zeal on Behalf of Vulnerable Clients, 93 N.C. L. REV. (2015).
  • 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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