Cataldo Louis Cammarata

Category: 1970s /  All Harkness Stories /  Law & Criminal Justice / 

Cataldo Louis Cammarata (HF 1977 - 78) graduated in English and American literature before deciding to pursue a legal career. He graduated from Aix-en-Provence law school and joined the French Bar in 1976.  While taking the Bar exam, Cataldo decided to apply for post graduate studies at a US university and was admitted to the Harvard Law School. But it was the award of a Harkness Fellowship that allowed his dream to be fulfilled. The Harkness support changed his cultural approach and professional career. Cataldo’s exposure to American culture and high educational standards made him realize his future would be unmistakably different to the one he had imagined. It allowed him to consider a wider, international frontier beyond his previous European ambitions. After travelling throughout the United States following his graduation from Harvard, Cataldo returned to Paris and rejoined the Bar where he is still practicing. He lectured for over ten years at both the Sorbonne and Aix-en-Provence law schools. Although a staunch Anglophile, Cataldo says he would never have made it practicing at international level had he not been awarded a Harkness Fellowship.  Currently, he practices in Paris at Squadra Avocats, a law firm he founded in 2004 and which houses a corporate international full-service practice.