Catharine Wells teaches and writes in various areas of legal theory, including Pragmatic Legal Theory, Feminist Jurisprudence and Civil Rights Theory. She is a nationally recognized expert on Pragmatism and its relationship to American legal theory. Her law review articles have been published in many journals including the Harvard Law Review, the Michigan Law Review, University of Southern California Law Review, and the Northwestern Law Journal. In the area of charities law, she has a national reputation based upon her service as past President of the National Association of State Charities Officials, as an advisor to the Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service with respect to Non-Profit Organizations; and as a participant in many panels and symposia on non-profit law.
Prior to entering law teaching, Professor Wells served as an Assistant Attorney General and Director of the Division of Public Charities for the state of Massachusetts. She also served as chair of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Torts and Compensation Systems, and the Section on Teaching Methods. She has organized numerous symposia, including one on Neo-Pragmatism in American Law, which was published in the USC Law Review. Professor Wellls has also been elected to membership in the American Law Institute. Currently, she is working on a book about Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. and the pragmatic tradition in American law.