Professor Kate Andrias teaches and writes in the fields of constitutional law, labor law, and administrative law. Her current research focuses on the relationship between these areas of law and economic inequality and on questions of democratic governance. In 2016, Professor Andrias was the recipient of the Law School's L. Hart Wright Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Professor Andrias previously served as special assistant and associate counsel to the President of the United States, and as chief of staff of the White House Counsel's Office. While in the White House, she focused on constitutional and administrative law issues and on domestic policy, including labor and immigration. Prior to joining the Obama administration, Professor Andrias was an attorney in the political law and appellate litigation groups of Perkins Coie LLP. She remains active in pro bono cases, most recently MetLife Inc. v. Financial Stability Oversight Council (D.D.C. 2015), for amici Professors of Law and Finance, arguing in support of the Financial Stability Oversight Council, and Home Care Association of America v. Weil (D.C. Cir. 2015), for amici Paraprofessional Health Institute et al., arguing in support of Department of Labor regulation extending overtime and minimum wage protections to home care workers.
Professor Andrias clerked for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the U.S. Supreme Court and the Hon. Stephen Reinhardt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She also has served as an Academic Fellow at Columbia Law School, and taught American Constitutional Law as a visiting professor at L'Institut d'Études Politiques (Sciences Po) in Paris. Professor Andrias graduated from Yale Law School, where she served on the Yale Law Journal and as a Coker Fellow. Prior to law school, Professor Andrias worked as a union organizer.