Cathy Mansf ield Prof ile
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Professor of Law

Areas of Expertise

Consumer Law, Payment Systems, Contracts, Holocaust and the Law


J.D. University of Virginia School of Law
B.A. New York University, cum laude


Drake Professor since 1996
Community Legal Services, Urban Indian Law Office, Phoenix, AZ
Brown & Bain, Phoenix, AZ
Associate Professor of Law, Washburn University School of Law

Selected Publications

"Literacy and Contract" 13.2 Stanford Law and Policy Review 233

"The Road to Subprime "HEL" was Paved with Good Congressional Intentions: Usury Deregulation and the Subprime Home Equity Market," 51 South Carolina Law Review 473

"Disorder in the People's Court: Rethinking the Role of Non-Lawyer Judges in Limited Jurisdiction Court Civil Cases," 29 New Mexico Law Review 119

"Deconstructing Reconstructive Poverty Law: A Practice Based Critique of the Theoretic of Practice Movement," 61 Brooklyn Law Review 889

Significant Accomplishments

Quoted in New York Times and Consumer Reports

The Failure of Consumer Choice as a Regulatory Model in the United States - 9th International Consumer Law Conference-Athens, Greece

Testified before Committee on Banking and Financial Services, U.S. House of Representatives

Testified before U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Lectures nationally on Consumer Protection


Click here to view/download Professor Mansfield's curriculum vitae.

Helping Others

"I became a lawyer because I wanted to help other people. When I was practicing law, I worked for a big law firm and then for a legal services program for the poor. In these and other contexts, my law degree allows me to help those around me (clients, family, friends, neighbors) to manage the legal issues that they inevitably face. Through my teaching, I hope to encourage students to become excellent at what they do and to use their special skills to assist others. Through my scholarship, I hope to continue to address issues facing the ordinary person by identifying problems I perceive in current policies and suggesting remedies. I also hope to address some of the systemic issues of our legal system, such as access to justice and the courts.

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