Dan Katz, an associate professor at Michigan State University’s Law School, talks with Ralph Baxter, LEI Chairman, about his talk on the intersection of law and technology and why it’s important for law firms to have a strategy for how they use data.
By: Daniel Martin Katz
Associate Professor of Law, Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology
Professor Katz is a scientist, technologist and law professor who applies an innovative polytechnic approach to teaching law, meshing litigation and transactional knowledge with emerging software and other efficiency-enhancing technologies to help create lawyers for today's challenging legal job market. Both his scholarship and teaching integrate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Professor Katz's forward-thinking ideas helped to earn him acknowledgement in the 2013 Fastcase 50, an award which "recognizes 50 of the smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries, and leaders in the law." He was also named to the AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION JOURNAL's 2013 Class of "Legal Rebels," a prestigious group of change leaders in the legal profession.
In 2014, Professor Katz was named to the external affiliated faculty at CodeX—The Stanford Center for Legal Informatics. In addition to teaching and researching, Professor Katz serves as an editor of the INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF LAW AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (Oxford University Press) and as a member of the Editorial Board of the JOURNAL OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE & LAW (Springer Scientific). He serves on the Editorial Advisory Board for LAW TECHNOLOGY NEWS, is CSO of LexPredict Consulting and is a member of the ABA Task Force on Big Data and the Law.
Professor Katz received his Ph.D. in political science and public policy with a focus on complex adaptive systems from the University of Michigan. He graduated with a Juris Doctor cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School and simultaneously obtained a Master of Public Policy from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. Prior to joining the MSU College of Law faculty, he was a fellow in Empirical Legal Studies at the University of Michigan Law School and a National Science Foundation IGERT fellow at the University of Michigan Center for the Study of Complex Systems.