Duquesne University School of Law

Katherine Norton, J.D.

Assistant Professor of Clinical Legal Skills and Externship Coordinator

Office: Tribone Center for Clinical Legal Education 310

Phone Number: 412.396.1688

E-Mail Address: nortonk1@duq.edu

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

Katherine L.W. Norton is the Assistant Professor of Clinical Legal Skills and the Externship Coordinator.  She teaches Family Law Clinic and coordinates the externship programs.  She focuses her scholarship on legal and mental health in custody cases, trials of complex family law cases, and the application of effective advocacy and attorney obligations in clinical legal education.

Norton consults for the firm of Voelker & Colton, P.C.  She 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. 

Super Lawyers magazine named her a "Rising Star" in the area of Family Law for the years 2010 through 2017.  Duquesne University School of Law, Student Bar Association, presented her with the Excellence in Teaching Award in 2017.  Norton will also be receiving the Lorraine Bittner Award in Fall 2017 from the Allegheny County Bar Association for her work with the Family Law Clinic and students.

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

Family Law

Family Law Clinic

Advanced Externship Seminar

Government Externship Seminar

High-Credit Externship Seminar

Non-Profit Externship Seminar

Summer General Externship Intensive

Author Contributor

  • Pro Bono Center of Allegheny County, Custody Conciliation Project Training Manual
  • Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Complex Custody Trials
  • Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Custody Appeals
  • Allegheny County Bar Association, Custody Law Updates

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

Matrimonial Inns of Court

Neighborhood Legal Services Association, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - Board Member, 2015-present, Ad Hoc Committee: By-Laws Review 2016-present

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

Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas, Family Division Shelf Help Center Advisory Board

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 2017

Duquesne University School of Law, Student Bar Association - Excellence in Teaching Award in 2017

ACBA Lorraine Bittner Award 2017

Friday, May 5, 2017

Associate Clinical Professor Tracey McCants Lewis gave the opening talk at the Law School Pro Bon Read More »

Friday, April 28, 2017

Court of Common Pleas Family Division judges this week thanked the Family Law Clinic for serving Read More »

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Duquesne Law students Alyssa Drake, Lorraine Sullivan, and Elizabeth Dofner recently received sch Read More »

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Thirty-three alumni and faculty from Duquesne University School of Law were admitted to the bar o Read More »

Books

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).

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Articles

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).

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Presentations

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).

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