Catherine O’Grady teaches Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Professional Responsibility, and an upper-class seminar on the U.S. Supreme Court. Professor O’Grady’s current research focuses on constitutional law and law and social psychology. 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, and in another recent article, "Wrongful Obedience in the Professional Practice of Law, " Professor O'Grady applies social psychology principles on obedience to the professional work heirarchies and cultures in the practice of law.
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
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).
Cognitive Optimism and Professional Pessimism in the Large-Firm Practice of Law: The Optimistic Associate, 30 Law & Psychol. Rev. 23 (2006).
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: Lorraine Feeney
B.B.A., University of Michigan (1981)
J.D., Arizona State University (1987)