Associate Professor of Law
College of Law
University of Idaho
P.O. Box 83720-0051
Boise, ID 83720-0051
- B.A., Northwestern University, 2002
- J.D., Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, 2006
Professor Katherine Macfarlane teaches Constitutional Law, Civil Procedure and Civil Rights Litigation. She writes about how civil procedure impacts civil rights outcomes. Her articles and essays have appeared or will appear in the Alabama Law Review, the Utah Law Review, the Stanford Journal of Civil Rights & Civil Liberties, the Michigan Journal of Race & Law, the Yale Law Journal Forum, the Missouri Law Review, Annals of Health Law, and Feminist Law Judgments, among others. She has been interviewed by NPR, The Nation, Bloomberg News, and The Wall Street Journal Law Blog.
Professor Macfarlane was recognized by the Idaho Business Review as a 2019 Accomplished Under 40 honoree. She was awarded the University of Idaho College of Law's 2019 Diversity and Human Rights Award. Professor Macfarlane represents the College of Law on the District of Idaho’s Local Rules Committee.
Professor Macfarlane is also a healthcare and disability expert. She wrote about disability and reasonable accommodations as a 2018 Writer in Residence for Ms. JD. She testified in support of a patient safety bill related to biosimilar medication at the Louisiana Legislature, and participated in a Congressional Arthritis Caucus briefing regarding biosimilars in Washington, D.C. as the panel’s sole patient representative. Her healthcare and disability commentary has been featured in the Ms. Magazine Blog, The Mighty, Creaky Joints, and BUST, as well as several literary journals.
Professor Macfarlane received her B.A., magna cum laude, from Northwestern University and her J.D., cum laude, from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. Before joining the University of Idaho, she taught Civil Rights Litigation, Disability Rights and Legal Writing at the LSU Hebert Law Center. Professor Macfarlane also worked as an Assistant Corporation Counsel in the New York City Law Department, and as an associate at Quinn Emanuel. She clerked for the District of Arizona and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Professor Macfarlane is admitted to practice in California and New York, as well as the Central District of California, the Eastern District of New York, the Southern District of New York, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She is fluent in Spanish and Italian.
Professor Macfarlane lives in Boise with her dog Cooper.
- Civil Procedure
- Federal Courts
- Civil Rights Litigation
- Disability Rights
- Prisoner Rights
Recent Blog Posts
Posted Tue, 10 Sep 2019 14:17:00 -0700
Professor Katherine Macfarlane presented Procedural Animus at the annual Junior Faculty Federal Courts Workshop, held this year at the University of Arkansas. Read more
Professor Macfarlane Workshops “Prisoner Procedure” at “A Critical Guide to Civil Procedure” Conference
Posted Mon, 13 May 2019 12:30:00 -0700
On May 8, Professor Macfarlane participated in a workshop hosted by Boston University School of Law organized in connection with the forthcoming book “A Critical Guide to Civil Procedure.” Macfarlane’s chapter describes the federal civil procedure applicable only to prisoner civil rights and habeas litigation. Contributors to A Critical Guide to Civil Procedure include Myriam Gilles, Judith Resnik, Norm Spaulding and Robin Effron. Read more
Professor Macfarlane Cited in Supreme Court Amici Brief in Support of Qualified Immunity Petition for Certiorari
Posted Wed, 01 May 2019 08:07:00 -0700
Professor Macfarlane Cited in Supreme Court Amici Brief in Support of Qualified Immunity Petition for Certiorari Read more