Elizabeth Cateforis

Clinical 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


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


Advanced Criminal Procedure, Capital Punishment, Project for Innocence & Post-Conviction Remedies


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


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.


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.

Selected Publications

  • "Federal Habeas Corpus for Trial Lawyers," Journal of the Kansas Bar Association, January 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).



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