Meet the Team
Meet Martin Katz
Marty Katz is a nationally recognized leader in legal education, and a nationally recognized scholar in the fields of constitutional law and employment law.
He currently serves as the Chief Innovation Officer and Senior Advisor for Academic Innovation and Design for the University of Denver, catalyzing cross-disciplinary experiential education and community engagement. He also serves as the Executive Director of Project X-ITE, a cross disciplinary collaboration between DU’s Daniels College of Business, Graduate School of Social Work, Ritchie School of Computer Science and Engineering, and Sturm College of Law.
Prior to that, he served as Dean at the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, where he is also a Professor of Law. As Dean for 7 years, he led Denver Law in the development and implementation of a major strategic plan, which included initiatives in specialization and experiential learning. As a result, Denver Law became a national leader in experiential education. 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.
Professor Katz is a founding board member of Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers, a national consortium of law schools that serve as leaders in the experiential education movement. He also serves as a board member for the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System.
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 2014 “Most Influential People in Legal Education” list. He has been ranked in the Top 10 on that list for the last three years.
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.
Meet Jessica Neumann
Jess Neumann, the assistant director of academic innovation, works alongside the senior advisor for academic innovation and design to foster cross-disciplinary teaching and scholarship opportunities at DU. Jess received her BS from New York University, where she studied media, culture and communication studies in addition to gender and sexuality studies. She earned both her MA and PhD in communication studies at the University of Denver. Neumann's research focuses on communicative, relational and affective labor in fashion and lifestyle blogging.