Deal, Cathryn

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Cathryn Deal

Associate Professor
Phone: 651-523-2352


A.B., Indiana University
J.D., Indiana University School of Law 


"Law is not just for big business. It is designed to fit everyone and every organization. By giving students this understanding as a foundation, they are prepared to work with all sizes and shapes of organizations whether small or large, for profit or non-profit."

Professor Deal currently teaches Taxation of Individuals, Nonprofit Organizations, and the General and Extended Practicum online classes. She serves as Director of the Practicum externship program. She expanded and currently directs HUSL’s acclaimed Competitions Program and is faculty advisor for the national Taxation Moot Court Competition teams. Professor Deal developed and taught the Small Business/Nonprofit Clinic. Previously she served as Director of the Legal Research and Writing Program and taught undergraduate writing as well as business law courses. She has also taught law school courses in business planning, tax policy, tax entities, estate planning and taxation as well as a housing court mediation clinic and clinic in tax representation. Her academic research interests focus on nonprofit development as well as social enterprise and micro business. She has served on numerous nonprofit boards, was a Hearing Officer for Minneapolis housing appeals, and was a staff member of UNICEF-Atlanta during its Summer Olympic Games projects.

Professor Deal received her J.D. degree from Indiana University-Bloomington, where she was a member of the Law Review and the National Moot Court Competition as well as a Student Instructor in the law school’s Legal Advocacy course and a Teaching Assistant in the Kelley School of Business course in business law. She attended Mount Holyoke College and received her B.A. degree in political science from Indiana University.



Reining in the Unruly Horse: The Public Policy Test for Disallowing Tax Deductions, 9 VT. L. REV. 11 (1984).