Catherine Gage O'Grady
Professor of Law

Catherine O’Grady teaches Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Professional Responsibility, and an upper-class seminar on collaborative problem solving and decision making. Professor O’Grady’s research focuses on constitutional law and the intersection of lawyering and social psychology principles. For example, in a recent article, The Role of Speculation in Facial Challenges, Professor O’Grady offers a framework for analyzing constitutional facial challenges of novel state statutes before they go into effect in the state. Professor O'Grady's recent articles in social psychology and lawyering include Wrongful Obedience in the Professional Practice of Law, which applies social psychology principles on obedience to the professional work hierarchies in the practice of law, and Behavioral Legal Ethics, Decision Making, and the New Attorney’s Unique Professional Perspective, which analyzes the emerging field of behavioral legal ethics and the psychology of ethical decision making for the new attorney. 

For many years, Professor O’Grady appeared as a legal commentator on public television station KAET to speak about the U.S. Supreme Court. She was Associate Dean for the College of Law from 2008 – 2011. Before joining the faculty, Professor O’Grady clerked for William Canby on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and she practiced law with the Phoenix firm of Meyer, Hendricks, Victor, Osborn & Maledon.

Selected Works

Wrongful Obedience and the Professional Practice of Law, 19 J. L. Bus. & Ethics 9 (2013).

The Role of Speculation in Facial Challenges, 53 Ariz. L. Rev. 867 (2011).
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Cognitive Optimism and Professional Pessimism in the Large-Firm Practice of Law: The Optimistic Associate, 30 Law & Psychol. Rev. 23 (2006).
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Preparing Students for the Profession: Clinical Education, Collaborative Pedagogy, and the Realities of Practice for the New Lawyer, 4 Clinical L. Rev. 485 (1998).


Assistant: KC Gardiner-Johnson

Curriculum Vitae

B.B.A., University of Michigan (1981)

J.D., Arizona State University (1987)