The Law School will honor Katherine Vaughns on November 20, 2013 at 4:00pm at Westminster Hall. The Law Library received a donation of books from the estate of Katherine Vaughns, and will be honoring the gift with a book display featuring some of the titles that have been added to the collection. The display is located on the second floor of the library.
After graduating from law school in 1970, Katherine Vaughns spent more than a decade in California first with Pacific Telephone and then in the Los Angeles Office of the United States Attorney for the Central District of California. As a litigation attorney her case load consisted primarily of immigration and employment discrimination cases and helped shape the direction of her research in the areas of immigration law and civil rights.
As a member of the faculty of the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law since 1984, Professor Vaughns taught immigration law and policy, complex litigation and remedies. Much of her scholarship focused on topics related to immigration and she was also interested in civil rights, equality, women, and matters dealing with race and ethnicity. In 1993 she testified on Asylum and Inspections Reform at a Hearing before the Subcommittee on International Law, Immigration, and Refugees of the Committee on the Judiciary, House of Representatives, 103rd Congress, First Session. Re-reading her comments and her written testimony with the backdrop of today’s national conversation on immigration reform is certainly a sobering experience.
Professor Vaughns’ two most recent articles “Border Fixation: the Appearance of Security and Control in Immigration Reform” and “Of Civil Wrongs and Rights: Kiyemba v. Obama and the Meaning of Freedom, Separation of Powers, and the Rule of Law Ten Years After 9/11” (with Heather I. Williams) will be published posthumously in 27 Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development 2013 and 20 Asian American Law Journal 2013 respectively.
In addition to her instructional responsibilities, Professor Vaughns was active in the American Bar Association and served most recently as chair of the Subcommittee on Inter-circuit Conflicts of the Section on Litigation. She also participated in state and local legal circles including the Baltimore City Bar Association and the Maryland State Bar Association.
Professor Vaughns fulfilled her love of the arts and the theater by serving on the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees of Center State and as the chair of the Community Engagement Committee. She also served as Secretary of the Maryland Film Festival’s Board of Directors.
The books in this display showcase the diversity of Professor Vaughns’ interests and their addition to the Thurgood Marshall Law Library collection serves as a tangible reminder of the breadth and depth of her scholarship and are a testament to her “law legacy and her commitment to academic excellence.”