Associate Teaching Professor
Suffolk University Law School, JD 2006
Catherine Lizotte is an associate teaching professor in the Legal Skills in Social Context program. She joined Northeastern in 2023 with ten years of experience teaching legal research and writing and over a dozen years of experience as a local government law practitioner. Most recently, she was a faculty member at Boston University School of Law, teaching in the first-year Lawyering Program.
Previously, Professor Lizotte served as counsel to the City of Boston for fourteen years, first as assistant corporation counsel in the Government Services Division of the City of Boston Law Department, representing the city in diverse cases including election law claims, land use disputes, First Amendment claims and constitutional challenges to city ordinances. She subsequently served as legal advisor to the Boston Public Schools, leading the district’s in-house legal office and advising the superintendent and school committee on district operations and policy. Professor Lizotte credits her years in public service with helping her gain a deeper understanding of the systemic barriers facing underserved urban communities and fueling her belief that local governments are well positioned to address inequities by directly engaging their communities and developing innovative and inclusive policies.
Professor Lizotte earned her BA in sociology from Saint Anselm College and her JD from Suffolk University Law School. After law school, she clerked for the justices of the Massachusetts Superior Court.
Fields of Expertise
- Legal Research and Writing