Goldwasser takes helm of Civil Justice Clinic

Katherine Goldwasser, J.D., professor of law and a longtime teacher in the School of Law’s Clinical Education Program, has been named acting director of the Civil Justice Clinic.

Goldwasser, an expert in criminal procedure and evidence, previously served as associate dean of student affairs at the law school from 1998-2004 and brings a wealth of administrative expertise to the position.

“I look forward to serving in an advisory role to this clinic, which brings important legal services to the community while allowing students to learn firsthand the challenges, responsibilities and privileges of representing clients, especially those who have little or no other access to legal services,” Goldwasser said. “The work students do in the clinic gives them an opportunity to see what a difference they can make in both the lives of their clients and the betterment of their communities.”

As the law school’s oldest clinic, the Civil Justice Clinic has for nearly 35 years enabled students to assist low-income clients in the greater St. Louis area with a variety of legal matters. Clinic students have represented victims of domestic violence, petitioners for clemency, the homeless, poor tenants and low-income homeowners who have been exploited by fraudulent mortgage finance companies.

Goldwasser, who joined the law faculty in 1990, previously served as a federal judicial law clerk, was an Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois and was on the law faculty at the University of Cincinnati.