Faculty Directory

Philip Catanzano

Adjunct Professor

Biography

Mr. Catanzano has worked as an attorney with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights in Boston.  In that role, he led investigations throughout New England concerning a wide range of issues arising in public and private schools and colleges, including the enforcement of federal statutes pertaining to harassment and discrimination based on disability, race, color, national origin, and gender.  Prior to joining the Department, Mr. Catanzano was a litigator at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, where his practice focused on intellectual property litigation.  While in private practice, Mr. Catanzano also dedicated a substantial amount of time to the firm’s pro bono efforts, representing indigent clients in due process hearings, immigration asylum proceedings, and other matters in the Massachusetts state and federal courts.  In addition, he has drafted amicus briefs to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court regarding the privacy rights of sexual assault victims.  He currently serves on the Supreme Judicial Court’s Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services and as a steering committee member of the Boston Bar Association’s Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Section. Mr. Catanzano graduated from Boston College Law School and holds a Master's Degree from the Lynch School of Education at Boston College.  He taught legal research and writing at Northeastern University School of Law from 2006-2012 and he has been teaching at the Lynch School of Education and Boston College Law School since September 2011.