Beth Cate

Clinical Associate Professor

(812) 855-0563
Room Number:
SPEA 343

Curriculum Vitae


  • J.D., (Cum Laude), Harvard Law School, 1991
  • B.A., (Summa Cum Laude), Economics, George Washington University, 1988


  • Capstone Course
  • Honors Law and Public Affairs
  • Law and Public Affairs
  • Law, Public Management and Public Policy


Clinical Associate Professor Beth Cate's expertise includes intellectual property law, data privacy and security, research regulation and constitutional law. A practicing lawyer for 21 years, she has provided 12 years of counsel to Indiana University, focusing mainly on legal and policy issues surrounding intellectual property, data, and information technologies.

Cate taught law and policy classes on an adjunct basis for 13 years before joining the faculty full-time in 2011. With Fred H. Cate, she co-authored "The Supreme Court and Information Privacy," in International Data Privacy Law. They are working on a book about the Supreme Court's privacy jurisprudence as well as an article on the future of student records privacy.

Cate's practice and teaching experiences have led her to focus attention on civic literacy deficits and their impact on civic engagement and effective law- and policy-making; the role played by law and technology in empowering civic engagement; and the role of religion in public life. Affiliated with both the Center for Civic Literacy and the Center for the Study of Religion, Ethics and Society, Cate approaches these issues through a multidisciplinary lens and conducts research on the Open Government Initiative and "civic hacking" as well as a separate project on legislative prayer.


  • Trustees Teaching Award in 2013 and in 2014
  • Board of Trustees, National Association of College and University Attorneys
  • Editor, Harvard Journal on Legislation and Harvard Journal of International Law
  • Law clerk to the Hon. S. Jay Plager of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

In the News

Selected Works

  • "Forward FERPA: The future of student records privacy," (forthcoming)
  • "Having Faith in Legal Judgment," (forthcoming)
  • "The Supreme Court and information privacy," (with F. H. Cate), International Data Privacy Law. 2 (4): 255-67 (2012)
  • "Legal Considerations in Phishing Research," (pp.640-654) Phishing and Countermeasures: Understanding the Increasing Problem of Electronic Identity Theft (M. Jakobsson & S. Myers, Eds.). New York: Wiley (2007)

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