Catherine Ward

Judicial Law Clerk, United States Court of Appeals

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Professional Background

Catherine Ward is an attorney with scholarship focused on education, state constitutional law, and legal history. Her work has been published in the Journal of Supreme Court History, the Virginia Law Review Online, the British Educational Research Journal, and Ethics and Education. Ward graduated Order of Coif from the University of Virginia School of Law and served as a law clerk for the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia prior to beginning her current position as a law clerk for the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. She earned her MPhil in Education, Globalisation, and International Development at the University of Cambridge as a Rotary Global Grant Scholar and graduated with her B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Duke University as a Benjamin N. Duke Scholar. 

How has your English degree from Duke shaped your work life?

My English degree provided me with the research background and critical thinking skills to sift through complex legal texts in order to shape arguments as a litigator.

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