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Martin Katz

Dean and Professor
University of Denver Sturm College of Law

Dean Katz’s career bridges academia and legal practice.

Following his graduation from Harvard College and Yale Law School, he clerked for Judge David Ebel on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.  He then joined the firm of Davis, Graham & Stubbs LLP, where he practiced employment law for 8 years, becoming a partner in the firm’s labor and employment law litigation group.

However, he always had an interest in academia.  While at Yale Law School, he was a Co-Editor in Chief of the Yale Law Journal.  And while he was still at Davis, Graham & Stubbs, he taught as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Colorado Law School.

In 2000, he joined the faculty at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, where he teaches and writes in both employment law and constitutional law.  His specialty is 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. He has lectured extensively on antidiscrimination law, free speech and religion, separation of powers, defamation, and employment-related intellectual property law. He also has made numerous media appearances.

At the College of Law, prior to becoming Interim Dean, Professor Katz served on several elected committees, including the Policy Committee (responsible for tenure and promotion) and the Faculty Executive Committee.  He also chaired the Admissions Committee for the 2008 and 2009 entering classes, writing a new admissions policy designed to maximize bar passage, ranking, and diversity.

In his spare time, he flies search and rescue missions for the Civil Air Patrol and medical missions for AngelFlight.

Committee Updates

April 02, 2012
Paul Lippe Interviews Dean Martin Katz on Legal Education Reform

December 13, 2011
Practice-Ready: The False Dichotomy Between Theory and Practice

November 20, 2011
Response to the David Segal article, November 19, 2011, in New York Times

October 13, 2011
Legal Education Reform: the MIT School of Law

October 10, 2011
Why This Time Is Different: The Perfect Storm and the Future of Legal Education

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