Professor Martin Katz is our ninth Legal Highlight. Prior to teaching full time at University of Denver School of Law, Professor Katz was a partner in the employment law group at Davis, Graham & Stubbs, and a law clerk to David M. Ebel on the U.S. Court of Appeals.
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And now read on the see what this Legal Highlight has to say in response to the seven questions . . .
1) Think about your recent experience in the legal profession and of a specific incident or event that made you feel extremely satisfied or proud. Give a brief description of the incident or event. The reasons I felt satisfied or proud were . . .
I have not been in practice for 6 years. In my practice, I am most proud of a case I took for a woman who had been sexually and racially harassed by the small-town sheriff’s department in which she worked. Her treatment was abominable. Moreover, when the case started, the sheriff and his lawyers managed to demonize her in the press. We not only got her a lot of money in settlement; our case also led to the ouster of the sheriff – her primary goal. It felt satisfying to vindicate an underdog.
2) I attended law school because . . .
I had always wanted to go to law school. At the time I attended, I wanted to go into business and thought that I would learn invaluable problem-solving skills.
3) I would recommend the practice of law because . . .
There are so many things you can do as a lawyer – so many things that are both intellectually and emotionally satisfying.
4) My colleagues who practice law appreciate doing so because . . .
The many people I know who practice law do so for almost as many reasons. The common denominator would seem to be a sense of intellectual challenge and excitement.
5) The benefits lawyers contribute to society are . . .
They help society’s participants navigate the system. They help people work through problems, often providing valuable perspective and problem-solving skills, as well as communication skills.
6) The factors that make up the heart and the soul of law are . . .
Problem-solving, understanding, and communication.
7) Think of a lawyer you consider a role model. The traits or values I respect or admire about him or her are . . .
He is careful and disciplined in his thought. He cares about the players involved. He understands both the universal themes and the specific factors in the cases he works on. He is an incredible writer.