Martin J. Katz

Professor and Former Dean, University of Denver Sturm College of Law

Marty Katz is a Professor of Law at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. He served as Dean of the college from 2009-2016.

During his deanship, Professor 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 Professor Katz’s leadership, Denver Law has moved up 21 places in US News’ law school rankings, and now boasts six nationally ranked specialty programs.

Professor Katz is a founding board member of Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers. He also serves as a board member for IAALS.  

His recent scholarship in the field of legal education includes two chapters on the role of administrators in facilitating curricular reform in the new book Building on Best Practices: Transforming Legal Education in a Changing World (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. His latest article on the costs of experiential curriculum appears in the inaugural issue of the peer-reviewed Journal of Experiential Education.

Professor 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.

Professor 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, Professor 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 #4 on their 2014 “Most Influential People in Legal Education” list.

Prior to teaching full time, Professor 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, Professor Katz flies search and rescue missions for the Civil Air Patrol.

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