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Catherine Lanctot, JD - Villanova University. Villanova, PA, US

Catherine Lanctot, JD Catherine Lanctot, JD

Professor of Law | Charles Widger School of Law | Villanova University


Catherine J. Lanctot, JD, is an expert on the Supreme Court, constitutional law and legal ethics.






SCOTUS Nominee Discussion with Catherine J. Lanctot



Areas of Expertise (6)


Constitutional Government

American Legal History

Legal Profession

Legal Ethics

Constitutional Law


Catherine J. Lanctot, J.D., is a Professor of Law at Villanova University Law School. She served as a law clerk to the Hon. Murray M. Schwartz of the United States District Court of Delaware. After a year as an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, Professor Lanctot then joined the Civil Division of the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., serving first as a Trial Attorney and then as the Assistant Branch Director for Government Information.

Education (2)

Georgetown University Law Center: JD

Brown University: BA

Select Media Appearances (2)

Radnor talk focuses on life of Thurgood Marshall

Main Line Suburban Life  


During her lecture, which marks the 50th anniversary of Marshall’s appointment to the high court, Professor Catherine Lanctot called Marshall, the first African-American to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court, “one of the greatest lawyers of the 20th Century” because he did “the greatest good for the greatest number of people."...

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Defining attorney-client relationships in the electronic age

Law 360  


Catherine Lanctot, a professor at Villanova University Law School stated, “Even in the face of elaborate written disclaimers, courts may well find it reasonable for laypeople to treat such disclaimers as nothing more than ‘legalese,’ particularly if the conduct of the attorney is inconsistent with the disclaimer.”[11] Similarly, think again about Togstad, where Miller expressly stated that he did not think the alleged client had a sound claim of medical malpractice, and yet an attorney-client relationship was still determined to have been formed. A disclaimer is the first step, but there are more best practices to incorporate to better ensure that your intentions are understood by the public...

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Select Academic Articles (2)

Becoming a Competent 21st Century Legal Ethics Professor: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Technology (But Were Afraid to Ask)

Journal of the Professional Lawyer

Catherine J. Lanctot


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Does LegalZoom Have First Amendment Rights? Some Thoughts About Freedom of Speech and the Unauthorized Practice of Law

Temple Political & Civil Rights Law Review

Catherine J. Lanctot


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