Elizabeth Cateforis

Clinical Associate Professor
Supervising Attorney, Project for Innocence & Post-Conviction Remedies
Primary office:
409A Green Hall

Elizabeth Cateforis joined the law school in 1999 as a supervising attorney in the Paul E. Wilson Project for Innocence and Post-Conviction Remedies. Prior to joining the faculty, she was an assistant appellate defender at the Kansas Appellate Defender Office for the five years following her graduation from law school. She received her bachelor's degree from Smith College and her law degree from the University of Kansas.

Courses Taught:
  • Advanced Criminal Procedure
  • Capital Punishment
  • Project for Innocence & Post-Conviction Remedies

Representative Publications
Federal Habeas Corpus for Trial Lawyers, JKBA, Jan. 2004, Vol. 73; "Surrogate Motherhood: An Argument for Regulation and Blueprint for Legislation in Kansas," 4 Kansas Journal of Law and Public Policy 101 (Winter 1995).

Research Interests
Fourth, Fifth, Sixth Amendments, death penalty, post-conviction remedies, criminal defense, especially issues in sentencing.

J.D., Kansas, 1994; B.A., Smith College, 1985.

Kansas 1994.

Career History
Assistant Appellate Defender, Appellate Defender Office, 1994-1999; Paul E. Wilson Project for Innocence & Post-Conviction Remedies, University of Kansas School of Law, 1999-present.

Clinical Legal Education Association, National Legal Aid and Defense Association, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Kansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, American Bar Association, Kansas Bar Association.

Why KU
  • One-third of full-time faculty have written casebooks and treatises
  • 2 KU law faculty were U.S. Supreme Court clerks
  • KU’s Project for Innocence: 34 conviction reversals since 2009
  • 7,600+ alumni in all 50 states, D.C., and 21 foreign countries
  • #18 “best value” law school in the nation — National Jurist Magazine
  • 12 interdisciplinary joint degrees
  • 20th nationwide for lowest debt at graduation. — U.S. News & World Report
  • 80 percent of upper-level law classes have 25 or fewer students
  • More than 600 employment interviews at law school, 2014-15
  • 92 percent overall employment rate for Class of 2014 – top 20 percent nationally
  • 23rd: for number of law alumni promoted to partner at nation’s largest law firms
  • #1 in Kansas and Missouri for July 2015 bar exam performance