C|M|LAW Appoints Howard Katz as First Legal Educator-in-Residence

Posted 2017-08-09 11:36am

Cleveland-Marshall College of Law has appointed Howard E. Katz as the school’s first Legal Educator-in-Residence.   Katz is a former visiting professor at C|M|LAW, serving from 1995-98 and again from 2005-06.

“We pride ourselves on being a law school with expertise in teaching and curriculum innovation and excellence,” said C|M|LAW Dean Lee Fisher.  “Having Professor Howard Katz as our first Legal Educator-in-Residence significantly enhances our national expertise and reputation.”

As a Legal Educator-in-Residence, Katz will provide ongoing advice to Dean Fisher and other faculty and staff on best practices across a variety of areas, including admissions, academic support, bar passage, curriculum and teaching.   

“I grew up in Cleveland, my father was a graduate of this school and I've taught here before – so it is exciting to be back on many levels,” said Katz.  “There are great challenges facing the legal system today, and I am looking forward to working with others at Cleveland-Marshall to help educate the next generation of excellent and ethical lawyers.” 

Katz has served as a professor, academic associate dean, administrative associate dean, and as a special advisor to the dean at several law schools.  He taught most recently at Duquesne University School of Law.

Katz regularly makes presentations about teaching and curriculum at national conferences including the Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) annual conference, the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) annual meeting, the AALS New Law Teachers Workshop, and the Emory Transactional Law and Practice biennial conference. He is a member of the executive committee of the New Teachers section of the AALS, and participates in the annual Wolters Kluwer Leading Edge conference, where he has convened sessions on such topics as design thinking, the future of the casebook, and teaching higher-order skills to law students. 

He is the co-author (with Cleveland-Marshall professor Kevin O’Neill) of Strategies and Techniques of Law School Teaching, and helped develop and is the editor of the Strategies and Techniques series of books (providing subject matter-specific teaching advice for law professors). 

In addition to Katz’s more than 30-year career in higher education, he is the former Director of Strategic Planning and Policy for the Cuyahoga County Treasurer’s Office, served as Chief Counsel to the Cleveland City Council, and was a Knight Foundation Fellow in Community Building (a program run by the University of Miami School of Architecture).

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