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Katharine F. Nelson
Associate Professor of Law

B.A., University of Rochester
M.A., Columbia University Teachers College
J.D., Syracuse University College of Law 

Phone: 717.541.3942

Katharine F. Nelson is Associate Professor of Law at Widener's Harrisburg campus. Professor Nelson received a B.A. from University of Rochester in 1972; an M.A. from Columbia University Teachers College in 1973; and a J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law in 1982.

Following graduation from law school, Professor Nelson served as Associate Attorney, Rowley, Forrest & O'Donnell, Albany, New York, from 1982-83; Legal Advisor, General Electric Corporation, Liverpool, New York, from 1983-84; Judicial Clerk, Honorable Neal P. McCurn, United States District Court, Northern District, New York, Syracuse, from 1984-86; Instructor and Director, Legal Writing Program, The Vermont Law School, from 1986-88; and Visiting Assistant Professor, The Vermont Law School, from 1988-89.

Professor Nelson joined the faculty at Widener as an Assistant Professor from 1989-93; she has served as Associate Professor of Law since 1993. Professor Nelson is admitted to practice in New York and Pennsylvania. Professor Nelson teaches and writes in the areas of: Civil Procedure, Employment Discrimination Law, Federal Courts, Remedies and Conflicts.

Professor Nelson has been active in a number of professional and civic organizations, including the American Bar Association, The Association of American Law Schools, and the Law and Society Association.

Selected Recent Publications

  • Resolving Native American Land Claims and the Eleventh Amendment: Changing the Balance of Power, 39 Vill. L. Rev. 525 (1994).
  • The 1990 Federal "Fallback" Statute of Limitations: Limitations by Default, 72 Neb. L. Rev. 454 (1993).
  • Make the Student the Professor, The Law Tchr., (Inst. for L. Sch. Teaching, Gonz. U.) Fall 2001, at 16.
  • Year-Long Simulation in Civil Procedure, in Techniques For Teaching Law, at 200 (Gerald F. Hess & Steven Friedland eds., Carolina Academic Press (1999)).