About Cathy Lesser Mansfield

About the Composer

Cathy Lesser Mansfield is the composer and librettist of The Sparks Fly Upward, and she is founder and Executive Director of The Sparks Fly Upward Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating people about the Holocaust, genocide and tolerance through presentations of Sparks, and ancillary activities.

She is Senior Instructor in Law at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. Prior to joining the CWRU faculty she was a Professor of Law at Drake University Law School, served as a Policy Analyst with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and was a Visiting Professor of Law at Georgetown Law School. Professor Mansfield teaches a variety of consumer, payments and commercial law courses, is a co-author of the National Consumer Law Center’s Consumer Banking and Payments Law manual, and speaks nationally about consumer protection issues. Professor Mansfield also teaches a course called “Holocaust and the Law.” She is a Distinguished Fellow at The Consortium for the Research and Study of Holocaust and the Law at Chicago-Kent College of Law’s Center for National Security and Human Rights Law.