Catherine Archibald

Catherine Archibald

Associate Professor of Law

C. Archibald
Contact Info:
Campus: Riverfront Campus
Building: Dowling Hall
Room: 241
Phone: 313-596-0249
C. Archibald
Areas of Expertise:
Canadian Law
Constitutional Law
Gender Law
International and Comparative Law
Legal Writing
Legal Research
LGBT Legal Issues


  • LL.B. University of Ottawa Faculty of Law ’08
  • J.D. Michigan State University College of Law ’07
  • B.A. Princeton University ’00


Catherine Archibald teaches comparative legal writing and research, international environmental law, First Amendment law, and gender law. She previously worked as a litigation associate at the international law firm of Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP in New York City. Archibald received her J.D. from Michigan State University College of Law, her LL.B. from the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law, and her B.A. from Princeton University. Her scholarship focuses on international, environmental, and gender law. She joined the University in 2015.

Outside of school, Professor Archibald enjoys playing the piano and going on bike-rides with her 11-year-old twins.


    Courses Taught

    Comparative Legal Theory and Analysis I & II 

    Gender Law


    Selected Publications

    Feminist Perspectives on Bostock v. Clayton County (co-authored with Ann C. McGinley, Nicole Buonocore Porter, Danielle Weatherby, Ryan H. Nelson, and Pamela Wilkins), 53 Connecticut Law Review Online 1 (2020); 

    Commentary and Rewritten Opinion for Etsitty v. Utah Transit Authority (10th Cir. 2007) in Feminist Judgments: Employment Discrimination Opinions Rewritten (Ann McGinley & Nicole Porter eds., Cambridge University Press 2020) (co-authored with Pamela Wilkins).

    Transgender and Intersex Sports Rights, 26:3 VIRGINIA JOURNAL OF SOCIAL POLICY & THE LAW 246-276 (2019)

    Transgender Bathroom Rights in the Time of Trump, 6 TENNESSEE JOURNAL OF RACE, GENDER, & SOCIAL JUSTICE 241-273 (2017)

    Transgender Bathroom Rights, 24 DUKE JOURNAL OF GENDER LAW & POLICY 1-31 (2016)


    Selected Presentations

    Bostock v. Clayton County and Sex Discrimination Claims under the Equal Protection Clause,” as part of the Constitution Day 2020 Faculty Panel, Detroit Mercy Law, on Zoom, Sept. 17, 2020.

    “Transgender and Intersex Sports Rights” in “Trans and Queer Life in Private and Public” paper presentation session at the Law & Society Association Annual Meeting, Virtual Meeting, May 30, 2020.

    “Harris v. EEOC: A Conversation with ACLU’s Jay Kaplan on LGBTQ+ Protections Under Title VII,” co-presentation with Jay Kaplan, staff attorney at the ACLU, for the OutLaws, Women’s Law Caucus, and the American Constitution Society at Detroit Mercy Law, November 19, 2019.

    “All-Gender Restroom Unveiling Event,” presentation for the OutLaws at Detroit Mercy Law, October 15, 2019.

    “Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Employment Discrimination Opinions” panel roundtable presentation at the Law & Society Association Annual Meeting, Washington DC, June 1, 2019.

    “The Rewriting of Etsitty v. Utah Transit Authority (10th Cir. 2007)” presentation for the Toledo Women's Bar Association Spring 2019 CLE: Gender, Reproductive Rights, and Sexual Misconduct, Toledo Club, Toledo, Ohio, May 23, 2019.

    “Wellness at Work” panel presentation on Michigan’s Paid Medical Leave Act for the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan Wayne Region Annual Meeting, Detroit Club, Detroit, May 8, 2019.

    “Policy Implementation Roundtable: Increasing the Prevalence of All-Gender Bathrooms,” presentation for the Title IX Investigation Conference at Grand Valley State University, May 2, 2019.

    “Commentary and rewriting of Etsitty v. Utah Transit Authority,” co-presentation with by Prof. Pamela Wilkins for the 2019 Law Review Symposium, Women and the Law, March 8, 2019, Detroit Mercy Law.

    “Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination under Michigan’s Elliott-Larson Civil Rights Act,” co-presentation with Dr. Agustin Arbulu, the Director of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, for the American Constitution Society at Detroit Mercy Law, November 20, 2018.

    “Transgender Bathroom Rights at Detroit Mercy Law,” presentation at the 2018 Fall Colleague Development Days at University of Detroit Mercy, Detroit, August 20, 2018.

    “Eight Limbs and Three Branches: Yoga and Teaching Law,” co-presentation with Prof. Aliza Milner from Syracuse Law, for the Eighteenth Annual Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, March 23, 2018.

    “The Trump Presidency's Impact on Minorities and Women” panel presentation and discussion at University of Detroit Mercy School of Law in Detroit, April 12, 2017.

    “Transgender and Intersex and Title IX: Emerging Issues” panel presentation, University of Tennessee College of Law Conference: Title IX: History, Legacy, and Controversy, March 3, 2017.

    “The Current State of Transgender Bathroom Rights” presentation at University of Toledo College of Law in Toledo, Ohio, February 8, 2017.

    “Know Your Rights; How to be an advocate for yourself and an ally for others” panel presentation at University of Detroit Mercy in Detroit, January 19, 2017.

    “The Effects of the Election on Minorities and Women” panel presentation and discussion at University of Detroit Mercy School of Law in Detroit, November 22, 2016.

    “The Pedagogy of Love: Teaching Social Justice in a Catholic Law School” panel presentation for the 2016 SALT Teaching Conference at John Marshall Law School in Chicago, October 1, 2016.