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Katherine L.W. Norton, is an assistant professor and director of clinical and international programs. Within the clinical legal education program, she supervises the Family Law Clinic. 

Norton focuses her scholarship on access to justice, family law, and the application of effective advocacy and attorney obligations in clinical legal education.

She consults for the firm of Voelker & Kairys, P.C.  Norton previously served in private practice with the law firms of Elliott & Davis, P.C. and Pollock, Begg, Komar, Glasser & Vertz, P.C. practicing in all areas of family law at both the Court of Common Pleas and appellate levels. 

 Duquesne University School of Law, Student Bar Association, presented her with the Excellence in Teaching Award in 2017.  The same year, Norton  received the Lorraine Bittner Award from the Allegheny County Bar Association for her work with the Family Law Clinic and its students.  In 2019, the Allegheny County Bar Foundation awarded Norton the Edward J. O'Connor award.

Norton received her Juris Doctor from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Allegheny College.

Education

  • J.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Law, 2005
  • B.S. in Psychology, Allegheny College, 2002

Areas of Expertise

  • Family Law
  • Access to Justice
  • Clinical Legal Education

Honors/Professional Affiliations

  • Admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court
  • Admitted to the District Court of Western Pennsylvania
  • Admitted to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Allegheny County Bar Association
  • American Association of Law Schools
  • Clinical Legal Education Association
  • Neighborhood Legal Services Association, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - Board Member, 2015-2019, Ad Hoc Committee: By-Laws Review 2016-2019
  • Allegheny County Bar Association, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - Member, 2005-present, Public Service Committee - Co-Chair 2013-2015, Member, 2008-present
  • Allegheny County Bar Association, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - Family Law Section - Member 2005-present, Council Member, 2014-2017, Co-Chair Children's Issues Committee, 2006-2008, Co-Chair Pro Bono Committee, 2008-2011, Co-Chair Public Service Committee, 2014-2017
  • Pittsburgh Pro Bono Partnership - Reviewer for Pro Bono Custody Appeals, Volunteer Pro Bono Conciliation Project
  • Young Fellow, Allegheny County Bar Foundation
  • Member, Pennsylvania Bar Association, 2005-2012, Family Law Section
  • Super Lawyers magazine "Rising Star" in the area of Family Law for the years 2010 through 2018, 2020
  • Duquesne University School of Law, Student Bar Association - Excellence in Teaching Award in 2017
  • ACBA Lorraine Bittner Award 2017
  • Allegheny County Bar Foundation, Edward J. O'Connor Award 2019

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Family Law
Family Law Clinic
Family law Drafting Simulation

Custody Conciliation Project Training Manual
Katherine Norton, Custody Conciliation Project Training Manual (Pro Bono Center of Allegheny County, Summer 2012, revised February 2014).

Trial of a Complex Custody Case
Katherine Norton, Trial of a Complex Custody Case (Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2011).

The Intersection of Legal and Mental Health in Custody Cases
Katherine Norton, The Intersection of Legal and Mental Health in Custody Cases (Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2011).

Custody Appeals Update
Katherine Norton, Custody Appeals Update (Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2011).

Custody Law Update
Katherine Norton, Custody Law Update (Allegheny County Bar Association).

Avoiding the Great Divide:  Assuring Court Technology Lightens the Load of Low-Income Litigants Post-Covid-19, 88 Tenn.L.Rev.771 (2021)

The Middle Ground: A Meaningful Balance Between the Benefits and Limitations of Artificial Intelligence to Assist with the Justice Gap

Katherine Norton, The Middle Ground: A Meaningful Balance Between the Benefits and Limitations of Artificial Intelligence to Assist with the Justice Gap, 75 U. Miami L. Rev. 190 (2020) https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3863586

Mind the Gap: Technology as a Lifeline for Pro Se Child Custody Appeals
Katherine Norton, Mind the Gap: Technology as a Lifeline for Pro Se Child Custody Appeals, 58 Duq. L. Rev. 82 (2020). https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3651327

Do Law Schools Still Really Have the Option to Preclude Academically Underperforming Students From Participating in Experiential Learning Experiences?
Katherine Norton and Kirsha Weyandt Trychta, Do Law Schools Still Really Have the Option to Preclude Academically Underperforming Students From Participating in Experiential Learning Experiences?, The Learning Curve, Summer 2016 at 8-9.

Our Family Wizard: A Friend for Foes
Katherine Norton, Our Family Wizard: A Friend for Foes, 33 (1) Pennsylvania Family Lawyer (March 2011).

Guest Speaker, Empowering Parties through Artificial Intelligence.  ACT (Autonomy Through Cyberjustice Technologies) International Midterm Conference: Empowering Litigants while Disempowering Abuse, held at the University of Montreal (October 2022).

Presenter, “Strengthening Moldovan Legislation to Combat International Parental Child Abduction” GlobalPittsburgh, Sponsored by International Visitor Leadership Program, U.S. Department of State, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 2022.

Presenter, “Avoiding the Great Divide:  Lessons Learned from the Covid-19 Pandemic about Technology in the Legal Field” New York University Clinical Law Review Writer’s Workshop, Work-in-Progress, 2020.

Approved by Competitive Review, Speaker, “Artificial Intelligence as a Part to Closing the Justice Gap” 2019 Artificial Intelligence and the Law Conference, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Speaker, “Electronic Civil Gideon” 2019 Three Rivers Colloquium, University of Pittsburgh, School of Law, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Duquesne University School of Law “Public Interest Fellowship Training” 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018,  2019, 2020, 2021, 2022

Tracing Hidden Assets in Complex Support Cases
Katherine Norton, Tracing Hidden Assets in Complex Support Cases, CLE at Allegheny County Chapter Matrimonial Inns of Court (Nov. 2016).

Encouraged Not Prohibited
Katherine Norton, Encouraged Not Prohibited, presentation at Externships 8 National Conference (2016).

Encouraged Not Prohibited: Should Academically Struggling Students be Encouraged Rather than Prohibited from Participating in Experiential Learning
Katherine Norton, Encouraged Not Prohibited: Should Academically Struggling Students be Encouraged Rather than Prohibited from Participating in Experiential Learning, presentation at the Association of Academic Support Educators National Conference (2016).

'Better Call Saul:' Obligation of the Attorney in Client Representation
Katherine Norton, 'Better Call Saul:' Obligation of the Attorney in Client Representation, CLE at Allegheny County Chapter Matrimonial Inns of Court (Oct. 2015).

Effective Advocacy & Attorney Obligations When Clients & Counsel Engage in Self Help, Threats, Other
Katherine Norton, Effective Advocacy & Attorney Obligations When Clients & Counsel Engage in Self Help, Threats, Other, CLE at Allegheny County Chapter Matrimonial Inns of Court (Oct. 2014).

Custody Conciliation - A Partnership Project
Katherine Norton, Custody Conciliation - A Partnership Project, CLE at Pro Bono Center of Allegheny County (April 2014, February 2013, January 2012).

Resources Available for High Conflict Case: Therapy, Reunification, Counseling & Privilege/Other Issues
Katherine Norton, Resources Available for High Conflict Case: Therapy, Reunification, Counseling & Privilege/Other Issues, CLE at Allegheny County Chapter Matrimonial Inns of Court (Nov. 2013).

We Want You - It's Time to Take the Pro Bono Pledge
Katherine Norton, We Want You - It's Time to Take the Pro Bono Pledge, CLE at Pittsburgh Paralegal Association (Nov. 2013).

Seeking Justice: Contempt and Sanctions Enforcement
Katherine Norton, Seeking Justice:  Contempt and Sanctions Enforcement, CLE at Allegheny County Chapter Matrimonial Inns of Court (Feb. 2013).

Pro Bono Family Law Appellate Advocacy
Katherine Norton, Pro Bono Family Law Appellate Advocacy, CLE at Allegheny County Pro Bono Partnership (Aug. 2012).

Issues in Pennsylvania Relating to Same-Sex Marriages Performed in Other States
Katherine Norton, Issues in Pennsylvania Relating to Same-Sex Marriages Performed in Other States, CLE at Allegheny County Chapter Matrimonial Inns of Court (Jan. 2012).

Custody Legislation a Year Later
Katherine Norton, Custody Legislation a Year Later, CLE at Allegheny County Bar Association (2012).

Co-Principle Investigator, “Utilizing Technology to Enhance Access to Custody Appeals” American Bar Endowment Opportunity Grant Program.  April 1, 2022 – March 30, 2023.