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 teaches courses in consumer protection and commercial law, as well as a course called “Holocaust and the Law,” at Case Western Reserve University School of Law.


Professor Mansfield speaks nationally about Holocaust and the law, and about consumer protection issues. She was a Silberman Fellow at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and 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.