Martin J. Katz
Employment and Labor Law
B.A., 1987, Harvard College
J.D., 1991, Yale Law School
Marty Katz currently serves as Dean and Professor of Law at the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law.
Dean Katz led Denver Law in the development and implementation of a major strategic plan, which included initiatives in specialization and experiential learning. Denver Law now offers students five specialty certificates and a path-breaking Experiential Advantage Curriculum™, which permits students to spend a full year of their legal education doing apprentice-based, experiential learning with real or simulated clients. Under Dean Katz’s leadership, Denver Law has moved up 20 places in US News’ law school rankings, and now boasts four nationally ranked specialty programs.
Dean Katz is a founding board member of Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers, a national consortium of law schools that serve as leaders in the experiential education movement. He also serves as a board member for the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System.
His recent scholarship in the field of legal education includes a chapter in the new Beyond Best Practices book on the role of administrators in facilitating curricular reform (with Ken Margolis); “Facilitating Better Law Teaching – Now,” which appeared in the Emory Law Journal; and “Analyzing Carnegie’s Reach: The Contingent Nature of Innovation” (with Stephen Daniels and William Sullivan), which appeared in the peer-reviewed Journal of Legal Education. His piece, “Teaching Professional Identity in Law School” was featured in The Colorado Lawyer. He has a forthcoming article on the costs of experiential curriculum in first issue of the peer-reviewed Journal of Experiential Education.
Dean Katz also specializes in antidiscrimination law, both within constitutional law and employment law. His work on antidiscrimination law has been published in the Georgetown Law Journal, the Notre Dame Law Review, the Indiana Law Journal, the Hastings Law Journal, and the Yale Law Journal. His work on separation of powers has been published in Constitutional Commentary, a peer-reviewed journal.
Dean Katz has lectured extensively on changes in legal education, as well as in antidiscrimination law, free speech and religion, separation of powers, defamation, and employment-related intellectual property law. He has made numerous media appearances in both local and national outlets.
In 2014 Dean Katz was elected co-Chair of the AALS Section for the Law School Dean. He also serves on the AALS Curriculum Committee. The National Jurist selected him as #8 on their 2013 “Most Influential People in Legal Education” list.
Prior to teaching full time, Dean Katz was a partner in the employment law group at Davis, Graham & Stubbs in Denver, Colorado and a law clerk to the Honorable David M. Ebel of the U.S. Court of Appeals. In his spare time, Dean Katz flies search and rescue missions for the Civil Air Patrol.
Click here for a list of Dean Katz’s recent presentations.
- Transforming Legal Education as an Imperative in Today's World: Leadership and Curricular Change (with Kenneth Margolis), in BUILDING ON BEST PRACTICES: TRANSFORMING LEGAL EDUCATION IN A CHANGING WORLD (Deborah Maranville et al., eds.) (Lexis 2015).
- Rethinking the Curriculum for Balance (with Kenneth Margolis), in BUILDING ON BEST PRACTICES: TRANSFORMING LEGAL EDUCATION IN A CHANGING WORLD (Deborah Maranville et al., eds.) (Lexis 2015).
- Understanding the Costs of Experiential Legal Education, 1 J. Experiential Educ. 28 (Winter 2014-2015) (peer reviewed).
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- Analyzing Carnegie's Reach: The Contingent Nature of Innovation, co-authored with Stephen Daniels and William M. Sullivan, 63 Journal of Legal Education 585 (2014).
- Facilitating Better Law Teaching – Now, 62 Emory Law Journal 823 (2013).