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BA, 1967, JD, 1970, University of California, Berkeley
The School of Law community mourns the loss of Professor Katherine L. Vaughns, who died May 4th of pancreatic cancer after a short illness. She was 68.
Before joining the law faculty in 1984, the late Professor Vaughns was an assistant United States attorney for the Central District of California in the Civil Division. She belonged to a wide variety of professional groups, including the ABA Section on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar (in which she served as the chair of the Section’s Committee on Diversity).
She previously was a member of the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession, the LSAC Bar Passage Study Work Group, the AALS Committee on Bar Admission and Lawyer Performance, the ABA/AALS/LSAC Joint Committee on Racial and Ethnic Diversity, the Planning Committee for AALS, ABA Commission on Women in the Profession and ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar Workshop on Taking Stock: Women of All Colors in Law School, the ABA Special Committee on Lawyers in Government, the California Committee of Bar Examiners and the Baltimore City Charter Revision Commission.
At the time of her death she was a member of the ABA Section on Litigation (in which she served as the chair of the Subcommittee on Inter-circuit Conflicts), the Baltimore City Bar Association (in which she served as a member of the Executive Council and co-chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee), and the Maryland State Bar Association (in which she served as a member of the Legal Education and Admission to the Bar Committee). She was also then serving as a member of the Board of Trustees of the following non-profit organizations: Baltimore Bar Foundation, Inc., and Center Stage, Inc., (in which she served as chair of the Community Engagement Committee and is also a member of the Executive Committee).
Fixation: An Obsessive or Unhealthy Preoccupation or Attachment, 27 Journal of Civil Rights & Economic Development 587 (2014). [Full Text]
Of Civil Rights and Wrongs: Kiyemba v. Obama and the Meaning of Freedom, Separation of Powers, and the Rule of Law Ten Years After 9/11, 20 Asian American Law Journal 7 (2013) (with Heather L. Williams). [Full Text]
Book Review, 19 Law & Politics Book Review 21 (2009) (reviewing Fresh Perspectives on the "War on Terror" (Miriam Gani & Penelope Mathew eds., 2008)). [Full Text]
Restoring the Rule of Law: Reflections on Fixing the Immigration System and Exploring Failed Policy Choices, 5 University of Maryland Law Journal of Race, Religion, Gender & Class 153 (2005). [Full Text]
Women Law Journals in the New Millennium: How Far Have They Evolved? And are They Still Necessary?, 12 Columbia Journal of Gender and the Law 492 (2003) [Full Text]
Women of Color in Law Teaching: Shared Identities, Different Experiences, 53 Journal of Legal Education 496 (2003). [Full Text]
Retooling the 'Refugee' Definition: The New Immigration Reform Law's Impact on Asylum Policy and the Adjudication Process, 1 Rutgers Race and the Law Review 41 (1998).
A Tale of Two Opinions: The Meaning of Statutes and the Nature of Judicial Decision-making in the Administrative Context 1995 Brigham Young University Law Review 139. [Full Text]
Taming the Asylum Adjudication Process: An Agenda for the Twenty-First Century, 30 San Diego L. Rev. 1 (1993). [Full Text]
Towards Parity in Bar Passage Rates and Law School Performance: Exploring the Sources of Disparities Between Racial and Ethnic Groups, 16 Thurgood Marshall Law Review 425 (1991). [Full Text]
Of Morality, Politics and the Legal Order, 14 Maryland Journal of International Law & Trade 127 (1990). [Full Text]