Rm. 2116 King Hall
- J.D., University of California at Berkeley (Boalt Hall) 2004
- M.F.A., Warren Wilson College 1998
- A.B., summa cum laude, Harvard University 1993
Professor of Law
Katherine Florey’s scholarship focuses on federal courts, choice of law, and civil procedure. Within these fields, she is particularly interested in sovereign immunity, theories of jurisdiction, and the procedural rules applicable to tribal courts. Her current research considers the ways in which Native American tribes and tribal courts represent a sort of “third prong” of federalism, fitting partially but uneasily into the body of doctrine that governs the relationship between state and federal courts. Before joining the UC Davis faculty in 2007, Professor Florey served as a law clerk to the Honorable William Fletcher of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. She received her J.D. from UC Berkeley (Boalt Hall), where she received the Thelen Marrin Award for graduating first in her class. Prior to law school, she worked for several years as an editor, travel writer, and theater critic.
Special InterestsFederal Jurisdiction, Federal Courts, Civil Procedure (Including Civil Litigation And Complex Litigation), Conflict Of Laws, Indian Law, Legal History
Selected Career Highlights
- Associate, Keker & Van Nest LLP, 2005-07
- Law Clerk to the Honorable William A. Fletcher, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, 2004-05
- Thelen Marrin Award for Academic Excellence
- Articles Editor, California Law Review
- State Law, U.S. Power, Foreign Disputes: Understanding the Extraterritorial Effects of State Law in the Wake of Morrison v. National Australia Bank, 92 B.U. L. Rev. 535 (2012)
- Making Sovereigns Indispensable: Pimentel and the Evolution of Rule 19, 58 UCLA L. REV. 667 (2011)
- Indian Country's Borders: Territoriality, Immunity, and the Construction of Tribal Sovereignty, 51 B.C. L. REV. 595 (2010)
- State Extraterritorial Powers Reconsidered: A Reply, 85 NOTRE DAME L. REV. 1157 (2010)
- State Courts, State Territory, State Power: Reflections on the Extraterritoriality Principle in Choice of Law and Legislation, 84 Notre Dame L. Rev. 1057 (2009)
- Sovereign Immunity's Penumbras: Common Law, "Accident," and Policy in the Development of Sovereign Immunity Doctrine, 43 Wake Forest L. Rev. 765 (2008)
- Recent Developments in Criminal Enforcement of Securities Laws, Practicing Law Institute (September 2006) (with Jan Little)
- Choosing Tribal Law: Why State Choice-of-Law Principles Should Apply to Disputes With Tribal Contacts, 55 Amer. U.L. Rev. 1627 (2006).
- Insufficiently Jurisdictional: The Case Against Viewing State Sovereign Immunity as an Article III Doctrine, 92 Calif. L. Rev. 1375 (2004).