Joette Katz

Visiting Lecturer in Law
(spring term)

J.D., University of Connecticut School of Law, 1977
B.A., Brandeis University, 1974

Courses Taught
  • Children and the Law

Joette Katz is a Visiting Clinical Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School and Partner at Shipman & Goodwin LLP in the firm’s Business Litigation Practice Group, where she focuses on appellate work, mediation, and investigations.

During her more than 18 years as an Associate Justice on the Connecticut Supreme Court, Katz heard approximately 2,500 cases and authored nearly 500 opinions. In addition, she served as an Administrative Judge for the State of Connecticut Appellate System and as a Judge for the Connecticut Superior Court. While serving as the Chief of Legal Services for the State of Connecticut Division of Public Defender Services, she co-authored Connecticut Criminal Caselaw Handbook: A Practitioner’s Guide (published by The Connecticut Law Tribune).

Prior to joining Shipman & Goodwin, Katz served as Commissioner of the Connecticut State Department of Children and Families for eight years, where she was responsible for children in the Department’s custody and under its guardianship, as well as overseeing the Department’s services for children and families throughout the state in need of assistance. In addition, she was involved in all appellate matters related to the Department, including regularly advising on legal strategy.