Professor Katherine Macfarlane teaches Constitutional Law, Civil Procedure, Civil Rights Litigation and Conflict of Laws at the College of Law. She 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 LSU’s Hebert Law Center. Professor Macfarlane also worked as an Assistant Corporation Counsel in the New York City Law Department's Special Federal Litigation Division, and as an associate at Quinn Emanuel. She clerked for the District of Arizona and for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Professor Macfarlane is a member of the District of Idaho’s Local Rules Committee. She is admitted to practice in New York and California.
In addition to her academic writing, Professor Macfarlane writes frequently about healthcare issues, and volunteers for the Arthritis Foundation. 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 writing has been featured in the Ms. Magazine Blog, The Mighty, Creaky Joints, Intima and BUST.