Negar Katirai

Clinical Professor of Law; Director, Domestic Violence Law Clinic

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As Director of the Domestic Violence Law Clinic, Negar Katirai supervises law students in providing legal representation to survivors of intimate partner violence. This includes helping survivors obtain orders of protection against their abusers and advising them on custody, housing, and immigration law issues. Ms. Katirai also teaches Family Law and a Domestic Violence Seminar, and often guest lectures in other courses on related topics, including vicarious trauma, trauma-informed legal representation, and diversity and cultural competence.  Her scholarship investigates questions that arise in the practice of family and intimate partner violence law, and seeks to promote conversation and collaboration between practitioners and academics. Ms. Katirai has been recognized for her community contributions by the Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona

Ms. Katirai comes to the University of Arizona with a diverse variety of experience in public interest and corporate law practice. Most recently, Ms. Katirai served as Assistant Director of the Levin Center for Public Service and Public Interest Law at Stanford Law School, where she engaged in research and developed reports regarding the public interest field, including the delivery system for legal aid to the underrepresented, and best practices for evaluating public interest legal services. Prior to that Ms. Katirai served as a Staff Attorney at the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia and at Break the Cycle. In both positions she provided holistic legal advocacy services to survivors of domestic violence, including in protection order, child custody, and child support matters. Ms. Katirai has also worked as an Associate at Steptoe & Johnson LLP, where her pro bono practice focused on representing asylum applicants in immigration court and legislative advocacy on behalf of child victims of trafficking.

Curriculum Vitae

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  • J.D. University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • B.A. Wesleyan University, Middleton, Connecticut

Work Experience

  • Director, Domestic Violence Law Clinic
    James E. Rogers College of Law, Tucson, Arizona
    2017 - present
  • Director, Community Law Group
    James E. Rogers College of Law, Tucson, Arizona
    2014 - 2018
  • Assistant Director
    Levin Center for Public Service and Public Interest Law, Stanford Law School, California
    2011 - 2014
  • Staff Attorney
    Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia, Washington, D.C.
    2010 - 2011
  • Staff Attorney
    Break The Cycle, Washington, D.C.
    2009 - 2010
  • Associate
    Steptoe & Johnson LLP, Washington, D.C.
    2005 - 2009