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About Catherine J. Lanctot

Professor Lanctot joined the faculty in 1988. After graduating cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center, she was a law clerk to United States District Judge Murry M. Schwartz. She then was an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, and later an Assistant Branch Director for Government Information, Civil Division, United States Department of Justice.
Professor Lanctot’s scholarly interests focus on legal ethics and employment discrimination. Her article, The Defendant Lies and the Plaintiff Loses: The Fallacy of the Pretext-Plus Rule in Employment Discrimination Cases, 43 Hastings L.J. 59 (1991), was cited by Justice Souter in his dissent in St. Mary's Honor Center v. Hicks, 509 U.S. 502 (1993). Her most recent articles include The Plain Meaning of Ocale, which was published in spring 1997 in the William and Mary Bill of Rights Journal, and Creating Attorney-Client Relationships in Cyberspace By Giving Legal Advice: The Peril and the Promise, which was published in fall 1999 in the Duke Law Journal.
Professor Lanctot has also been an active speaker, participating in conferences, meetings and seminars sponsored by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, the Delaware Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and the Penns.


Present Professor of Law, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law



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Phone: 610-519-7076
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