Areas of Expertise (6)
American Legal History
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.
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."...
Defining attorney-client relationships in the electronic age
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.” 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...
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
Does LegalZoom Have First Amendment Rights? Some Thoughts About Freedom of Speech and the Unauthorized Practice of LawTemple Political & Civil Rights Law Review
Catherine J. Lanctot