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Katherine A. Gustafson

Katherine Gustafson

Assistant Dean of Tampa Bay Campus, and Associate Professor

B.S., magna cum laude, Western Michigan University
J.D., cum laude, Cooley Law School

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I joined the full-time faculty at Cooley Law School in 2014. Before then, starting in 2008, I was a visiting professor and coordinator for the Academic Resource Center, coordinating and teaching Introduction to Law classes, skills seminars, and Legal Research and Writing.

I graduated with honors from Cooley Law School, where I served as Comments Editor of the Law Review. Before attending law school, I graduated magna cum laude from Western Michigan University with a degree in Public Relations and Business Management. I have also served as a legal research specialist for LexisNexis, and as a grading assistant and an adjunct instructor. Previously, I was an attorney with Mahjoory, Mahjoory, and Beery, PLC, where I worked primarily on personal injury, criminal defense, and family law matters.

I am a fellow of the Michigan State Bar Foundation, a member of the William Reece Smith, Jr. Litigation American Inn of Court, and the Florida Bar Business Law Section faculty liaison.

I teach Torts, Evidence, Civil Procedure, Introduction to Law, and Research & Writing. I am also the faculty adviser for the Phi Delta Phi Legal Honor Society and the student chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers.

Articles (Law Reviews and Law Journals)

  • Katherine A. Gustafson, To Hear or Not to Hear - Resolving A Federal Court's Obligation to Hear a Case Involving Both Legal and Declaratory Judgment Claims, 52 U. Balt. L. Rev. 383 (2023). 
  • Katherine A. Gustafson, Mentorship is not all about the mentee, March 8, 2022 issue, ABA Journal.
  • Katherine A. Gustafson, From Self-Assessment to Professional Effectiveness: Five Steps to Teaching Students to Effectively Self-Assess, 88 Miss. L.J. Supra 49 (2019).