Cathy Mahoney joined NARAL Pro-Choice America in July 2006 as its Legal Director. Prior to accepting that position, she served for 16 years in the U.S. Department of Justice, where she handled a variety of criminal matters, including civil rights and antitrust prosecutions. From 1999-2006, she served as the Director of the Department's Task Force on Violence against Reproductive Health Care Providers, which focused on the investigation and prosecution of acts of clinic violence, including violations of the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act, and from 2000-2006, she also served as Deputy Chief of the Criminal Section of the Civil Rights Division. Prior to joining the Justice Department, Ms. Mahoney was in private practice in Atlanta, GA, where she authored several amicus briefs opposing that state's parental notification statute. After graduating from Yale Law School, she clerked for the Honorable James Moran in the Northern District of Illinois. She is a graduate of Stanford University (A.B., English and French, with distinction), and a member of Phi Beta Kappa.