Dean Marty Katz

Teaching Professional Identity in Law School
Dean Katz on shaping professional identity in law school curriculum.



Denver Law 2013 Year-in-Review
Dean Katz takes stock of the excellent year we had.



Myths v Facts: Why Now is the Time to Apply to Denver Law
Dean Katz dissects popular law school “myths” and outlines why now might be the very best time to attend the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.



Denver Law 2012 Year-in-Review
Dean Katz is pleased to share with you the incredible achievements at Denver Law over the last year.



Denver Law continues climb in USNWR rankings
Read Dean Katz’s remarks about this year’s rankings here.



The Case for Practical Legal Education
Dean Katz addresses the New York Times article which questions the value of legal education. Read Dean Katz’s remarks here.



Denver Law 2011 Year-in-Review
Dean Katz reflects on the many new and exciting developments at Denver Law during the past year. Read the Year-in-Review here.



“Colorado Matters:” An Interview with Dean Marty Katz
On August 22, the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System at DU (IAALS) and the Sturm College of Law launched Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers, an initiative designed to support law professors and schools interested in creating innovative, experiential curriculum. The content for this project is modeled on the 2007 Carnegie Report, Educating Lawyers. Bill Sullivan, the lead author of that report, is the project’s director. As part of the media push around this important launch, Dean Marty Katz was interviewed on the Colorado Public Radio show, “Colorado Matters,” about how law schools are responding to changes in the legal profession by retooling traditional approaches to legal education. This project fits squarely with the Modern Learning Initiative in the law school’s Strategic Plan, and it allows DU to play a leadership role in what appears to be a growing national movement. You can listen to the interview here.



Dean Katz hosts Aaron Harber Show interview with Supreme Court Justices Breyer & O’Connor
On June 29, 2011, Dean Martin J. Katz hosted a live taping of the Aaron Harber Show which featured an interview with Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer and former Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. Denver Law was the primary sponsor of this engaging event event which also featured a reception with the Justices. Watch the interview here.



Prof. Laura Rovner named new Clinical Programs Director and Yegge Chair
I am pleased to announce that I am appointing Laura Rovner as our next Ronald V. Yegge Clinic Director. She is the perfect person for the job. She served with distinction as interim director on two occasions, and in numerous other service positions at the law school. She has already been deeply involved in developing and implementing our strategic plan. And she is highly respected by her peers in the DU clinic, (and faculty more generally), the community of clinicians nationwide, and the bench and bar.

Please join me in congratulating Laura and thanking her for her willingness to serve in this critically important role.



Message from Dean Katz regarding February bar pass results
Our February 2011 bar results are in and the news is very good. Our first-time takers passed at a rate of 80% before appeals. This is up from 76% last February, 69% the prior February, and 58% in February 2007—a great improvement. Read more.



Comcast Newsmakers—People Who Make a Difference in Our Community
Dean Martin Katz on changes in the legal profession and how the Denver Law strategic plan addresses these changes
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Just launched: Strategic Plan summary flipbook and blog

We are proud to present this unique and interactive way of conveying the basic tenets of our plan and tracking our implementation. To our knowledge, we are the only law school in the country that has packaged its plan in this manner, and the only school with a Strategic Plan blog.

Click the link to view the interactive Denver Law Strategic Plan flipbook.

Feedback is welcomed and encouraged! Read the Denver Law Strategic Plan blog.



The Value of a JD Degree

A Message to Denver Law students from Dean Marty Katz.



Sturm College of Law Receives $3 Million Gift from the Roche Family Foundation

The Sturm College of Law has received a $3 million gift from the Roche Family Foundation to start a new LLM program in International Business Transactions. Please join us in thanking Robert Roche, JD’88, and the Roche Family Foundation for their remarkable generosity. A press release is available for additional details.



DU Law July Bar Pass Results Beats Statewide Average by 3%

Read a message from the Dean about the results here.



2010 Year in Review

It’s been an exciting year at the Sturm College of Law! We continue to move forward in implementing our strategic plan, with numerous initiatives in the works and more in the pipeline. Below you will find links to several of these developments, including a update on bar passage, a review of new chairs, new faculty and visitors, and a report on intellectual life at the Sturm College of Law.

            Bar Pass | Strategic Plan | Faculty Scholarship
New Faculty & Appointments | Faculty Speakers & Conferences

To view the full Year in Review 2010 please click here. (Coming Soon)



Strategic Plan Update from Dean Katz
Dean Katz is pleased to report that the second stage of the strategic planning process is done, and we are ready to begin implementing a truly excellent plan.
Click here to read the strategic plan update.



Law School Rankings
U.S. News has released its 2010 rankings of top law schools. Please click here for more details.



February Bar Pass Results Announced

Read a message from the Dean about the results here.



Strategic Plan

The University of Denver Sturm College of Law is pleased to announce the completion of the first stage of our Strategic Planning Process.
This plan articulates our vision and mission, and describes our path to excellence and leadership in legal education.

We have reached an important milestone in our strategic planning process: We have developed, and the faculty has overwhelmingly approved, a blueprint for our strategic plan. And it is an excellent one. Read Dean Martin Katz’s complete message here.

The SCOL Strategic Plan: Our Vision, Values and Strategy

Read the plan and comment on it here.



DU Law’s final bar passage rate was 91%

To read Dean Marty Katz’s message on this impressive number, click here.



Sturm College of Law Strategically Grows Its Faculty

This is an exciting time at the Sturm College of Law.

While other law schools are in holding patterns, or even cutting back, we are in go-forward mode.

DU Law will add 10 new tenured or tenure track faculty members over the next 5 years. This will grow our faculty from 52 to 62. Additionally, last year, we reduced our class size from more than 350 entering students to 300 students. We are discussing the possibility of reducing our class size even more. The effect this will have on faculty-student ratio is significant.

Given these and other recent developments, our potential for transformative change is enormous. The increase in our bar passage rate was only the beginning. If allocated strategically, these resources can propel the Sturm College of Law to be the type of law school that we once only dreamed of being.

We are making significant progress toward this transformation on two fronts.

First, we are in the midst of a dynamic hiring season. We are working to fill up to 9 tenure track faculty lines (7 from normal turnover and retirement, and the first 2 of the 10 new lines). The quality of the candidates we are seeing is better than we’ve ever seen before. We look forward to reporting to you on our hiring as we make offers and finish our recruiting in the early part of 2010.

Second, we are in the midst of our strategic planning process, which will help us in allocating the 10 new faculty lines and take the Sturm College of Law to the next level. We set a December deadline to complete the first part of our strategic plan: a basic framework, based on research and input from our many stakeholders (alumni, practitioners, judges, students, and faculty here and at other law schools). We are pleased to report that we have completed and obtained faculty buy-in for this basic framework. (More news on this will be coming shortly.) Our next step, which we will undertake early in the new year, is to assemble implementation teams to develop the specifics of the plan. We look forward to hearing your input on this critical part of the project, and to finishing a plan for the next era at the Sturm College of Law.

Thank you for your support, and for being part of our community at this exciting time.



Strategic Plan 2009

Our strategic planning process is going strong and is on schedule for completion in December.

As I indicated in my August message, we are collecting data in 4 areas: (1) information about the College of Law via interviews of faculty, students and staff, (2) information from other stakeholders in the College of Law (alumni/bench/bar); (3) information about other law schools (peer schools and schools ranked above us); and (4) recent literature regarding analysis of and calls for change in legal education and the legal profession.

Read the full text here.



Admissions Report

The class entering the SCOL this fall is an excellent one. It is almost exactly on target size-wise. Indicia for bar passage and U.S. News rankings are excellent. And while the class is not what we had hoped in terms of overall diversity, it represents a healthier mix of diversity than last year’s class and also has taught us some valuable lessons that should bolster diversity measures next year. These issues are all discussed in more detail below. If you have any questions, please let me know.



Suggestion Box

Please let me know if you have any suggestions, comments, complaints, or kudos for the Sturm College of Law using this form. All submissions will be sent to me, or the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, depending on the specified area.