Pamela S. Katz, J.D.

RSC Political Science
Professor of Legal Studies and Political Science
Pre-Law Advisor

Contact Information
Office: Gurley 101D
Phone: 518-244-2067

Brief Biographical Statement

Pamela S. Katz holds a B.A. in Political Science from the State University of New York at Binghamton (1983) and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center (1986). She has worked as an attorney in the private sector in the real estate department of the Manhattan law firm Shea & Gould. She has also worked in the public interest law sector at the New York Civil Liberties Union as Assistant Legislative Director (lobbyist) and as Executive Director of the Capital Region Chapter. Since 1997, she has been a full time faculty member at The Sage Colleges.

Her long-time research interests include civil liberties and citizenship education. She directs a project called "State Court Watch," an interactive website for citizenship education funded with a grant from the Law.Youth and Citizenship Project of the New York State Bar Association. (See   She has published articles on various civil rights and liberties topics, including a 1999 law review article on the constitutionality of same sex marriage in New York State and a 2005 article entitled "The Reproductive Right to Clone," presented at the Second International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities in Prato, Italy and published in the International Journal of the Humanities. In 2007 she took a sabbatical in Shanghai, China teaching law at the Shanghai Institute for Foreign Trade.  In 2008 she presented a paper at the New York State Political Science Association entitled “Alternatives to Adversarial Legalism in Family Law” and was a visiting scholar at the International Institute for the Sociology of Law in Onati, Spain, where she conducted research on this topic.  And in 2009, Dr. Katz was on a visiting faculty scholarship to Vermont Law School learning about international trade and environmental protection. In 2012, she was recognized as a Fulbright Scholar and will be teaching law in Viet Nam during the 2012-13 academic year.


The Incorporation of International Standards by the United States in Interpreting Domestic Rights and Liberties, Journal of the International Conference on Caste Discrimination, Affirmative Action, and Transformative Social Movements in Independent India and the Development of Human Capital in an Emerging Economic Order (2010)

Conference Paper (and presentation),   Alternatives to Adversarialism in Family Law, Mid-West Political Science Association conference as part of the Comparative Law section, Chicago, IL , 2010

 Presenter: Free Speech in Schools, presented at the Annual Conference of the New York State Bar Association, New York, NY January, 2009

Presenter: State Court Watch: A Teaching Tool, presented at the NYSATE/NYACTE (New York Association for Teacher Education/New York Association of Colleges for Teacher Education) Annual Conference, October 2008 in Albany, New York

Author and Presenter: Alternatives to Adversarial Family Law Practice, New York State Political Science Association Annual Conference, April 2008

Presenter: State Court Watch: A Teaching Tool, presented at the Law, Youth and Citizenship Annual Conference, November, 2007 in Saratoga, New York

Presenter: Emerging Technologies and Reproductive Rights in the United States, at Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade, Shanghai, China, March 2007

Presenter: State Court Watch: A Web-based Teaching Tool, at the American Political Science Association's Conference on Teaching and Learning, January 2006.

Author and Presenter: The Reproductive Right to Clone, presentated at the Second International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities in Prato, Italy and published in the International Journal of the Humanities, Fall 2005.

Presenter: Separation of Powers: Another Victim of September 11? at Bradley University, Congress in the Classroom conference sponsored by the Dirksen Congressional Center, July 2002

Presenter: New York State Political Science Association Annual Conference, An Alternative Practice Model: The Lawyers' Cooperative, 2001

Organizer and moderator: Capstone Seminar in Law Presentation, Election 2000: Making it Make Sense, March 2001

Author: The Case for Legal Recognition of Same-Sex Marriage, Brooklyn Law School Journal of Law and Policy, Fall 1999.

Presenter: New York State Bar Association Annual Meeting, Same-Sex Marriage , Equal Protection and Privacy, 1999.

Presenter: New York State Political Science Association Annual Conference, The Constitutionality of Bans on Same-Sex Marriage, 1999.

Discussion Leader: The Sage College's Philosophy Forum, Exploring the Legality and Morality of Sexual Harassment, 1999.

Reviewer: We the People (civil liberties chapter), by Thomas E. Patterson, Bradlee Professor of Government & Press at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, 1998.

Organizer and moderator: Hot Topics Forum, New York State Constitutional Convention: Yes or No, 1997

Speaker: Government Law Center of Albany Law School conference on Commercial Speech: Historical, Constitutional & Policy Issues, Commercial Speech and the Constitution: Commercial versus Non-Commercial Speech, 1993.

Associations and Organizations

Columbia County League of Women Voters, Founding Member

Columbia County Land Conservancy
National Association of Prelaw Advisors
New York State Bar Association


Pamela Katz lives in Chatham, NY with her husband, Richard Steinbach, and two dogs, Pepe and Georgia. She has two children in college, Bobby and Rae Steinbach. She enjoys traveling, bicycle riding, hiking, reading and skiing.