Kate Stith

Lafayette S. Foster Professor of Law


Kate Stith, Lafayette S. Foster Professor of Law at Yale Law School, teaches and writes in the areas of criminal law, criminal procedure, and constitutional law. Prior to joining the faculty at Yale, Professor Stith was an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, where she prosecuted white-collar and organized-crime cases.

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Kate Stith

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Faculty Assistant


Alieta Lynch

Education & Curriculum Vitae


M.P.P., John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 1977

J.D., Harvard Law School, 1977

A.B., Dartmouth College, 1973

Courses Taught


  • Constitutional Law
  • Cuba and the United States
  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Procedure: Investigations
  • Criminal Procedure: Adjudication
  • Comparative Criminal Sentencing
  • Criminal Sentencing
  • Federal Criminal Prosecution
  • Federal Criminal Law
  • Special Counsels: From Watergate to the Present
  • Free Exercise Clinic
  • Opioid Crisis
  • Prosecution Externship
  • Separation of Powers
  • Theories of the Fourth Amendment
  • University Governance

Kate Stith, Lafayette S. Foster Professor of Law at Yale Law School, teaches and writes in the areas of criminal law, criminal procedure, and constitutional law. Prior to joining the faculty at Yale, Professor Stith was an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, where she prosecuted white-collar and organized-crime cases. Professor Stith is serving or has served as an Adviser for the American Law Institute project Model Penal Code Sentencing; on the Committee on Law and Justice of the National Research Council; on the Professional Ethics Committee in the State of Connecticut; as a Commissioner of the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women in Connecticut; as President of the Connecticut Bar Foundation; on the Dartmouth College Board of Trustees; as faculty sponsor and director of the Women's Campaign School at Yale; as Deputy Dean of Yale Law School; and, by appointment of the Chief Justice of the United States, on the Advisory Committee for the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure. Her book on the federal sentencing guidelines, Fear of Judging (with J.A. Cabranes), was awarded a Certificate of Merit by the ABA in 1999. A graduate of Dartmouth College, the Kennedy School of Government, and Harvard Law School, she clerked for Judge Carl McGowan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia and for Supreme Court Justice Byron R.White.