Katherine T. Vukadin

Professor of Law

  • B.A., University of Houston
  • J.D., The University of Texas School of Law
  • Certificate of Political Studies, L’Institut D’Etudes Politiques de Paris, France

Areas of Expertise

  • Appellate Practice
  • Health Law
  • Legal Research & Writing

kvukadin@stcl.edu

713-646-1818

Office: 618T

Professor Vukadin joined the South Texas College of Law Houston faculty in 2019 after serving as a legal writing professor at Thurgood Marshall School of Law Texas Southern University and the University of Houston Law Center. Professor Vukadin specializes in legal writing. health law, and ERISA. Before teaching, Professor Vukadin was a trial associate at the law firm of Baker Botts L.L.P. Professor Vukadin earned her law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston. She interned for the Honorable Justice James Baker at the Texas Supreme Court. She is the co-author of LEGAL ANALYSIS: 100 EXERCISES FOR MASTERY (Carolina Academic Press 2017) (2nd Ed.) (with Cassandra Hill) and the forthcoming book The LEGAL MEMO: 100 EXERCISES FOR MASTERY (Carolina Academic Press 2017) (2nd Ed.) (with Cassandra Hill)


Books:

LEGAL ANALYSIS: 100 EXERCISES FOR MASTERY AND TEACHER’S MANUAL (2017) (2nd Edition)
(with Cassandra Hill)

THE LEGAL MEMO: 50 EXERCISES FOR MASTERY AND TEACHER’S MANUAL (forthcoming in 2020)
(with Cassandra Hill & D’Andra Shu)

EMPLOYEE BENEFITS TREATISE (LexisNexis 2019) (contributing author)

Articles and Other Publications:

Catching On: How Post-Critique Assessments Deepen Understanding & Improve Legal Writing, Second Draft (forthcoming Fall 2019) (essay)

Out-of-the-Box Legal Writing Ideas Collaborative Legal Writing Pedagogy Project,
Sponsored by Stetson University College of Law (forthcoming 2019)

On Opioids & ERISA: The Urgent Case for a Federal Ban on Discretionary Clauses, 53 U. RICHMOND L. REV. 687 (Spring 2019).

Can the ACA’s Independent Review of ERISA Health Claims Co-Exist with the Abuse of Discretion Standard? N.Y.U. REV. OF EMPLOYEE BENEFITS & EXEC. COMP. (Fall 2016) (invited symposium article)

Obamacare Interrupted: Obstructive Federalism & the Consumer Information Blockade,
63 BUFF. L. REV. 421 (2015)

Unfinished Business: The Affordable Care Act and the Problem of Delayed and Denied ERISA Healthcare Claims, 47 J. MARSHALL L. REV. 887 (Spring 2014) (invited symposium article)

Failure to Warn: Facing Up to the Real Impact of Pharmaceutical Marketing on the Physician’s Decision to Prescribe, 50 TULSA L. REV. 75 (2014)

Hope or Hype? Why the Affordable Care Act’s New External Review Rules for Denied ERISA Healthcare Claims Need More Reform, 60 BUFF. L. REV. 1 (2012)

Delayed and Denied: Toward an Effective ERISA Remedy for Improper Processing of Healthcare Claims,
11 YALE J. HEALTH POL. L. & ETHICS 331(2011)

Now I See: Redefining the Post-Grade Student Conference as Process and Substance Assessment, 54 HOW. L. J. 1 (2010) (with Associate Dean Cassandra Hill)

Out-of-the-Box Legal Writing Ideas Collaborative Legal Writing Pedagogy Project,
Sponsored by Stetson University College of Law (forthcoming 2019)

Selected Presentations

Catching On:  How Post-Critique Assessments Deepen Understanding & Improve Legal Writing (with Professor D’Andra Shu):  Accepted for presentation at the Legal Writing Institute’s Rocky Mountain Regional Legal Writing Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada (March 2019).
The individualized assessment of students’ legal writing is a crucial part of legal writing pedagogy; the ABA views such assessment as a measure of a legal writing program’s rigor.[1]This presentation takes attendees through four different techniques for ensuring that students understand, absorb, and then deploy the lessons learned from professors’ critique.

Advanced Persuasive Legal Writing Techniques:  presentation to Lone Star Legal Aid Attorneys and Legal Assistants (2017)

Can the ACA’s Independent Review of ERISA Health Claims Co-exist with the Abuse of Discretion Standard?  presentation as part of the John Marshall Law School’s Employee Benefits Symposium in Chicago, Illinois (2016)

Legal Writing Without Borders:  How to Cultivate Your Second Research and Teaching Subject:  presented as part of the Legal Writing Institute’s Biennial National Conference in Portland, Oregon (with Professor Amanda Peters of South Texas College of Law Houston and Professors Mark Burge & Neil Sobol of Texas A&M University College of Law) (2016)

Obamacare Interrupted: Obstructive Federalism & the Consumer Information Blockade

  • Presentation at the AALS conference in Washington, D.C. (2015)
  • Presentation at St. Mary’s University Law School as part of the Southern Central Association of Law Schools speaker series (2014)

Affordable Care Act Enrollment in Texas Communities of Color, presentation at the Thurgood Marshall School of Law Symposium on the ACA’s impact on communities of color (2015)

Side Effects: Facing Up to the Real Impact of Pharmaceutical Marketing on the Physician’s Decision to Prescribe:  presentation at the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics Health Law Professors Conference in San Francisco, California (2014)

The Importance of Publications in the Academic Market: panel presentation as part of the Southeast Southwest People of Color Conference at Thurgood Marshall School of Law (2014)

Unfinished Business: The Affordable Care Act and the Problem of Delayed and Denied ERISA Healthcare Claims:  presentation to practitioners and faculty at the John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Illinois, as part of John Marshall Law School’s Employee Benefits Symposium (2014)

“I Finished My Article! Now What?”presentation at the Legal Writing Institute’s Biennial National Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (2014)

Mastery Through Practice: Guided and Self-Guided Practice in the Law School Classroom: faculty forum presentation at Thurgood Marshall School of Law (2013)

Failure to Warn: Bringing Pharmaceutical Representatives’ Statements to Physicians Out of the Shadows and into Evidence:  presentation to South Texas College of Law Houston’s facultyas part of the Southern Central Association of Law Schools speaker series(2013)

All Rise! Planning an Informative and Inspiring Judicial Visit to Your Legal Writing Classroom: presentation (with Associate Dean Cassandra Hill) at the Legal Writing Institute’s Biennial National Conference in Palm Springs, California (2012)

Real-Life Legal Writing: Making Your Transition from Law School to Practice: presentation at the Rocky Mountain Region of the Black Law Students’ Association’s Job Fair and Academic Retreat at the University of Houston (2011)

Texas Legislative Intern Program Orientation Writing Seminar: writing seminar (with Associate Dean Cassandra Hill) in January 2011 and January 2014 for Texas Southern University students with upcoming legislative internships

Hope or Hype? Why the Affordable Care Act’s New External Review Rules for Denied ERISA Healthcare Claims Need More Reform:  presentation to the South Texas College of Law Houston’s faculty explaining the limitations of the Affordable Care Act’s new external review rules for denied ERISA healthcare claims;part of the Southern Central Association of Law Schools speaker series(2011)

The Writing Process: 500 Words at a Time: presentation to the Thurgood Marshall School of Law New Scholars Forum (2011)

Toward a Complete and Compelling Case Explanation:presentation at the Association of Legal Writing Directors’ Innovative Teaching Techniques Workshop (2010)

Now I See: The Post-Grade Student Conference as Positive Strategy Session: presentation at the Rocky Mountain Regional Legal Writing Conference (with Associate Dean Cassandra Hill) (2010)

Collaboration: Getting Going as Scholarly Writers: presentation at the Thurgood Marshall School of Law Research Week program (2010)

Delayed and Denied? Toward an Effective ERISA Remedy for Improper Processing of Healthcare Claims, presented at the TMSL Faculty Quodlibet Speaker Series (2010)

Focus: Teaching Legal Writing in the Age of Distraction, presentation at the Southeast Regional Legal Writing Conference (with Prof. Shaundra Lewis, Thurgood Marshall School of Law) (2010)