Francis J. Catania, Jr.
Director of Clinical Programs and Associate Professor of Law

B.A., Dickinson College
M.A., Johns Hopkins University
J.D., Dickinson School of Law

Phone: 302.477.2108

Francis J. Catania, Jr., is Associate Professor of Law at Widener's Delaware campus. Professor Catania received a B.A. from Dickinson College in 1973, an M.A. from The Johns Hopkins University in 1976 and a J.D. from Dickinson School of Law in 1983.

Following graduation from law school, Professor Catania worked as a Prosecutor with the Department of State, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg from 1983-84. He then worked as an Associate Attorney with Halligan and Gillin in Media, Pennsylvania, from 1984-85.

Professor Catania joined the faculty at Delaware Law School as Assistant Professor of Law in 1985, and has served as Associate Professor at Widener since 1992.

Professor Catania is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, and he teaches and writes in the areas of Family Law, Lawyering Skills and Ethics, and Professional Responsibility. He is the former director of the Pennsylvania Civil Law Clinic and currently the Co-Director of the Judicial Externship Program and the Clinical Externship Program.

Professor Catania has been active in a number of professional and civic organizations, including the Hearing Committee 2.02 of the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania (Chair); Board of Directors, Delaware County Legal Assistance Association; Member, Chester Committee for Academic Excellence and Social Responsibility; Member, Economic Subcommittee of the Chester Coordinating Council; Member, Board of Directors, The School In Rose Valley.

Selected Recent Publications

  • Learning From the Process of Decision: The Parenting Plan, 2001 BYU L. Rev. 857.
  • Accounting to Ourselves for Ourselves: An Analysis of Adjudication in the Resolution of Child Custody Disputes, 71 Neb. L. Rev. 1228 (1992).
  • Book Review, 2 Legal Pub. Preview 248 (1990) (reviewing Lawrence A. Moskowitz, Unfair Tactics in Matrimonial Cases(1990)).
  • Domestic Relations Handbook (Domestic Relations Section of Delaware County (PA) 1989).