Elizabeth Cateforis

Clinical Professor of Law
Supervising Attorney, Project for Innocence & Post-Conviction Remedies
Law School Ombudsperson
Primary office:
785-864-9237
409A Green Hall


Summary

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
  • Mass Incarceration
  • Project for Innocence & Post-Conviction Remedies

Education

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

Teaching

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

Research

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

Memberships

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.

Admitted

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

Articles

  • Cateforis, E. S., & Phillips, J. K. Gilles. (2009). Self-Defense: What’s a Jury Got to Do with It? University of Kansas Law Review, 57, 1143-1175. 
  • Cateforis, E. S. (2004). Federal Habeas Corpus for Trial Lawyers. Journal of the Kansas Bar Association, 73. 

Practice Manual

  • Cateforis, E. S. (2016). Kansas Bar Association, Kansas Criminal Law Handbook, 5th Edition. (Editor)
  • Cateforis, E. S. (2006). Kansas Bar Association, Kansas Criminal Law Handbook, 4th Edition. (Editor)

Book Review

  • Cateforis, E. (2013, June 1). [Review of the book Cruel and Unusual:  The American Death Penalty and the Founder's Eighth Amendment, John D. Bressler]. American Studies Journal with American Studies International, 52(3), 113-115. ISSN: 0026-3079 

Instructional Materials

  • Cateforis, E. S. (Ed.). (2017-20). Paul E. Wilson Project for Innocence and Postconviction Remedies Manual. 
  • Cateforis, E. S. Paul E. Wilson Project for Innocence and Postconviction Remedies Manual. (Co-Editor 2000-16)

Selected Presentations

  • Recent Developments in the Law, University of Kansas School of Law, 2018-19, Criminal Procedure and Law: The Year in Review, (May 23, 2019)
  • Midwest Clinical Legal Education Conference, Spotlight on Teaching: Team Building, Lawrence, KS (October 9, 2017) with Janice Olker
  • Topeka Bar Association CLE Blast, Criminal Procedure and Law: A Review of Recent Cases, Topeka, KS (June 16, 2017)
  • Recent Developments in the Law, University of Kansas School of Law, 2016-17 Criminal Procedure and Law: The Annual Review, (May 18, 2017)
  • Midwest Clinical Legal Education Conference, Implementing a Practical Model for Teaching Culturally Competent Client Communication to Clinic Students, Tulsa, OK (October 2016) With Meredith Schnug and Jean Phillips
  • KWAA Annual Conference, Innocence Work in a Law School Clinic: Challenges and Rewards, Lindsborg, KS. (July 2016)
  • KWAA Annual Conference, Wrongful Convictions:  Causes and Remedies,  Lindsborg, KS. (July 2015)
  • Recent Developments in the Law, University of Kansas School of Law, Criminal Law & Procedure: An Update, (May 29, 2015)
  • Recent Developments in the Law, University of Kansas School of Law, Criminal Law & Procedure: An Update, (May 30, 2014)
  • Recent Developments in the Law, University of Kansas School of Law, Criminal Procedure and Law: The Annual Review, University of Kansas School of Law. (May 30, 2013)
  • Recent Developments in the Law, University of Kansas School of Law, Criminal Law: The Year in Review, (June 1, 2012)
  • Recent Developments in the Law CLE, 2010-2011 Criminal Law and Procedure: The Year in Review, (May 26, 2011)
  • Recent Developments in the Law CLE, 2009-2010 Criminal Law and Procedure: The Year in Review, (May 29, 2010)
  • Recent Developments in the Law CLE, 2008-2009 Criminal Law and Procedure: The Year in Review, (May 29, 2009)
  • Recent Developments in the Law CLE, 2007-2008 Criminal Law and Procedure: The Year in Review, (June 1, 2008)
  • Recent Developments in the Law CLE, 2006-2007 Criminal Law and Procedure: The Year in Review, (June 1, 2007)
  • Recent Developments in the Law CLE, 2005-2006 Criminal Law and Procedure: The Year in Review, (June 1, 2006)
  • Recent Developments in the Law CLE, Criminal Law and Procedure: The Year in Review, (June 5, 2004)

Selected Awards & Honors

Sean O'Brien Freedom Award, Midwest Innocence Project (2016)

  • Given in recognition of the Project's work to free Floyd Bledsoe

Consumer Champion Award, Kansas Trial Lawyers Association (2017)

  • Given to the Project for Innocence for exceptional pro bono work