Catherine Sweetser joined the firm in April 2012. She practices in the areas of international human rights and civil rights. She specializes in Alien Tort Statute litigation and in matters involving forced labor and labor trafficking, police misconduct, unlawful detention, and constitutional violations.
Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Sweetser practiced union and plaintiff-side labor and employment law at Altshuler Berzon LLP in San Francisco. She also clerked for Judge Judith W. Rogers of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in 2009-2010.
Ms. Sweetser received an LL.M. in International Law from NYU in 2010; she wrote a thesis on the integration of legal interpretation by international organizations into judicial decision-making. Ms. Sweetser received her Juris Doctorate from New York University School of Law in 2008, and her B.A. from Yale University in 2005, where she majored in Political Science and International Studies. During law school, she interned at the Innocence Project, which handles post-conviction motions and appeals for prisoners claiming to be innocent, and at the Legal Resources Centre in South Africa, assisting with cases concerning detention of undocumented immigrants and sex discrimination. She also published a Note on accountability for abuse by U.N. peacekeeping personnel.