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 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 for 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.   The affiliation is also anticipated to promote C|M|LAW’s brand to a national audience as Katz is an accomplished speaker on teaching and curriculum innovation and excellence.

“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 all sorts of 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, an administrative associate dean, and as a special assistant to the dean at a host of law schools, most recently Duquesne University School of Law and Elon University School of Law.

Katz speaks regularly at national conferences and is currently scheduled to speak at the Southeast Association of Law Schools (SEALS) annual conference in August 2017 and the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) annual meeting in January 2018.  He is a member of the executive committee of the New Teachers section of the AALS, and on the planning committee for the SEALS New Teachers Program.  He also participates in the annual Leading Edge conference, an invitation-only event convened by Wolters Kluwer to engage approximately 25 deans, professors, and other thought leaders in discussions about the future of legal education and the profession.

In addition to Katz’s nearly 40-year career in higher education, he is a former Director of Strategic Planning and Policy for the Cuyahoga County Treasurer’s Office and served as Chief Counsel to the Cleveland City Council.  He is currently a member of the Congress for the New Urbanism and the Clinical Legal Education Association Best Practices Implementation Committee.

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