Martin Katz To Leave Position As DU Law Dean


Martin Katz, dean of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, announced today that he will step down from the position after the 2015-2016 academic year.

Katz will leave the position on July 1, 2016, after seven years in the position. Prior to his position as dean, Katz has been a professor at DU since 2000.

With Katz at the helm, the law school has implemented a strategic plan in 2009 that has recently been updated for the next five years. During that time, the law school moved up more than 20 places in the U.S. News & World Report law school rankings, with six specialty programs ranked in the top 25. The College was also ranked No. 10 in the National Jurist’s list of the Best Schools for Practical Training.

In the years since implementing the strategic plan, Katz has turned his attention to addressing the legal market’s need for practice-ready lawyers with the implementation of a six-year undergraduate/JD program, an experiential learning program for law students and a law school residency program, in which the law school partnered with the University of Colorado School of Law.

“Thanks to Dean Katz’s innovative leadership, the Sturm College of Law is in an excellent position to attract a nationally competitive successor,” said DU Chancellor Rebecca Chopp. “We congratulate Marty and thank him for his many extraordinary contributions to the Sturm College of Law and to the University of Denver, including his significant contributions to our University-wide strategic planning efforts.”

Dean Katz will return to teaching, as a member of the Sturm faculty in the 2016-2017 academic year.