Friday, September 16, 2005
Professor Katz earned his JD cum laude from Indiana University where he was Note Editor of the Indiana Law Journal and elected Order of the Coif. He was a Lieutenant in the United States Naval Reserves (JAG) and has become "[a] specialist in criminal law whose primary interest is the Fourth Amendment...Mr. Katz was called an "expert in criminal law" by the New York Times. His books and articles have been cited in more than 200 cases and legal articles by numerous courts including the United States Supreme Court. He is the author of The Justice Imperative (1980), Know Your Rights (1993), and Ohio Arrest Search and Seizure (2002), and co-author of six other books: Justice Is the Crime (1972), New York Suppression Manual (1992), Ohio Felony Sentencing Law (2002), Ohio Criminal Justice (2003), Questions & Answers: Criminal Procedures (2003), and Baldwin's Ohio Practice: Criminal Law (2003). A longtime member of our faculty (since 1966), he teaches both Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure and directs the Graduate Program for Foreign Students in U.S. Legal Studies."
Professor Katz says, "Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure tell a great deal about society, its values and its ability to protect the rights of all its citizens. It is said that society should be measured by how well it protects the rights of its worst citizens. We have a very strong criminal law/procedure curriculum at CWRU. Students also have the opportunity to test the waters in the Criminal Defense Clinic. I enjoy engaging in criminal law reform and writing for criminal law practitioners and for non-lawyers. I think it is important that we reach out to the greater community beyond the legal profession." For a list of Professor Katz's articles and information about his professional activities, click here.