Law Professor Catherine Gage O'Grady has joined the James E. Rogers College of Law as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.
She will teach in the areas of professional responsibility and civil procedure, and will be a member of the college's senior leadership team.
O'Grady’s scholarly research and teaching 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 latest work, Behavioral Legal Ethics, Decision Making, and the New Attorney's Unique Perspective, due out later this year, analyzes the psychology of ethical decision making for new attorneys. She is an elected member of the prestigious American Law Institute.
She had been a Professor of Law at Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law since 1998, where she also held the position of Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs and the Profession from 2008 through 2011.
A 1981 graduate of The University of Michigan, she earned her J.D. at Arizona State University, graduating as its valedictorian in 1987. She was also the executive editor at the Arizona State Law Journal.
O'Grady served as a law clerk for Judge William Canby on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, and practiced with the Phoenix firm of Meyer, Hendricks, Victor, Osborn & Maledon.