Marty Katz is the Chief Innovation Officer for the University of Denver, where he catalyzes and accelerates cross-disciplinary experiential education and community engagement, breaking down silos and barriers to collaboration in higher education.
He is also the Executive Director of Project X-ITE, a cross-disciplinary platform to ignite the innovator’s mindset among students and faculty, and connect DU to Denver’s innovation ecosystem.
Prior to that, he served as Dean at the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, where he is also a faculty member. As Dean for 7 years, he led Denver Law in the development and implementation of a major strategic plan focused on experiential learning, building core areas of specialization, and connecting with Denver’s legal community. As a result, Denver Law became a national leader in experiential education and doubled its faculty’s scholarly productivity. Under Dean Katz’s leadership, Denver Law moved up 21 places in US News’ law school rankings, had five specialty programs ranked in the Top 15 by US News, and received recognition as one of America’s 20 Most Innovative Law Schools.
He has published extensively on the future of legal education, as well as in the fields of constitutional law and employment law. He has lectured extensively on these topics, and has made numerous media appearances in both local and national outlets.
The National Jurist selected him as #4 on their “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.