Catherine O'Grady

Professor of Law; Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Dean O'Grady's research focuses on behavioral legal ethics, an area of study that draws on empirical research in cognitive and social psychology to explore the many subtle and often unconscious influences on ethical decision making. Her work usually includes a specific focus on the new attorney's unique professional perspective in making ethical decisions. In addition, Dean O'Grady serves as the College's Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and teaches Civil Procedure, Professional Responsibility, and Problem Solving and Professional Decision Making.

Curriculum Vitae

SSRN Published Papers

Representative Publications

  • A Behavioral Approach to Lawyer Mistake and Apology, 51 New Eng. L. Rev. 7 (2017).
  • Behavioral Legal Ethics, Decision Making, and the New Attorney's Unique Perspective, 15 Nev. L.J.¬†671 (2015).
  • Wrongful Obedience and the Professional Practice of Law, 19 J. Law, Bus. & Ethics 9 (2013).
  • The Role of Speculation in Facial Challenges, 53 Ariz. L. Rev. 867 (2011).
  • Complete List of Publications

Education

  • J.D. Arizona State University College of Law
    1987
    Executive editor, Arizona State Law Journal; Member, Order of the Coif; Valedictorian
  • B.B.A. University of Michigan
    1981

Admitted to Practice

  • Arizona

Work Experience

  • Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor of Law
    James E. Rogers College of Law
    2015
  • Professor of Law
    Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona
    1998 - 2015
  • Associate Dean of Clinical Afairs and the Profession
    Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona
    2008 - 2011
  • Special Assistant Attorney General
    Arizona Solicitor General's Office, Phoenix, Arizona (academic sabbatical)
    2007 - 2008
  • Associate Professor of Law
    Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona
    1994 - 1998
  • Visiting Professor of Law
    Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona
    1991 - 1994
  • Attorney
    Meyer, Hendricks, Victor, Osborn & Maledon, Phoenix, Arizona
    1988 - 1991
  • Law Clerk
    Honorable William C. Canby, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Phoenix, Arizona
    1987 - 1988

Organizations

  • American Law Institute (Elected)