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Catherine H. Finn Lecturer of Law

Contact Information

Cornell Law School
L58 Hughes Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-4901

Phone: (607) 255-2715
Fax: (607) 255-7193


Kara Conklin
Cornell Law School
249 Hughes Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-4901

Professional Biography

Catherine Finn is Lecturer of Law in the Lawyering Program. Previously, she served as a Professorial Lecturer in Law in the Legal Research and Writing Program at the George Washington University Law School and an Adjunct Professor of Legal Research and Writing at the University of Baltimore Law School. Prior to that Catherine spent more than a decade as a senior trial attorney in private practice.

Her teaching and scholarship are focused on the practical aspects of legal education, including the effective use of language and rhetoric in persuasive legal writing. Her most recent article (with Claudia Diamond of the University of Baltimore Law School) is entitled Are we Listening? How the Legal Profession in the Mid-Atlantic Region Can Advocate for Reforms in Legal Writing Education, and addresses the importance of experiential and practical education programs in legal education in the United States.


B.A., University of Michigan, 1987
J.D., Wayne State University School of Law, 1996