Kate Stith

Lafayette S. Foster Professor of Law
(on leave, spring 2025)

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

J.D., Harvard Law School, 1977

B.A., Dartmouth College, 1973

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

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; on the Board of Directors of Heterodox Academy; as faculty sponsor and director of the Women's Campaign School at Yale; as Deputy Dean and Acting 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. The second edition of her book on federal criminal law, Defining Federal Crimes (with D.R. Richman), was published in 2019. 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.