Catherine Douglass is the Executive Director of inMotion. Drawing upon her 14 years of private practice (six of them as a corporate partner) with the law firm of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, Cathy founded inMotion in 1993, inspired in part by her seven years of service on the board of an agency serving battered women and their children.
She also co-founded, in 1995, the Lawyers Committee Against Domestic Violence (LCADV)— a coalition of more than 100 legal services lawyers, prosecutors, private practitioners, representatives of the court system and members of academia—that educates professionals about domestic violence, strives to improve the response of the judicial and law enforcement systems to the needs of survivors of domestic violence, and advocates for legislative reforms that assist both adult and child victims of abuse. She served as its co-chair until June 2009.
Before becoming a lawyer, Cathy taught high-school English for six years, having obtained a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan in 1965 and a master’s degree in English literature from the University of Minnesota in 1971. Cathy graduated from the University of Arizona Law School in 1976. She currently serves on the board of directors of the Fund for Modern Courts, the New York State Bar Association President’s Committee on Access to Justice and the New York City Domestic Violence Fatality Review Committee.