Faculty Experts

Katherine Macfarlane

Associate Professor of Law; Director, Disability Law and Policy Program

Professor Katherine Macfarlane is a leading expert on civil procedure, civil rights litigation, and disability law. She serves as Director of the College of Law’s Disability Law and Policy Program and teaches Civil Rights Litigation, Constitutional Law, and Disability Law.

During the 2022-2023 academic year, Professor Macfarlane served as Special Counsel to the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights. There, she worked on the Department’s overhaul of the regulations implementing Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, focusing on the regulations’ higher education provisions.

Professor Macfarlane has previously served as chair of the American Association of Law Schools (AALS) Section on Disability Law and co-founded the first AALS affinity group for disabled law professors and allies. She frequently presents and writes about students, lawyers, and professors with disabilities, and the challenges they face in obtaining reasonable accommodations. Professor Macfarlane has also testified before the Louisiana Legislature and addressed the Congressional Arthritis Caucus in Washington, D.C. She is frequently quoted by media outlets reporting on civil rights litigation and disability, including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News, USA Today, NPR, and The Nation.