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 among the 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 "Legal Rebels," a prestigious group of change leaders in the legal profession.
Professor Katz teaches Civil Procedure, E-Discovery, and Entrepreneurial Lawyering at Chicago-Kent and spearheads new initiatives to teach law students how to leverage technology and entrepreneurship in their future legal careers. He joined Chicago-Kent in 2015 from Michigan State University College of Law, where he co-founded the ReInvent Law Laboratory, an innovative multi-disciplinary center that focused on the intersection of entrepreneurship, informatics, programming and design thinking to better understand, analyze and design the law.
Professor Katz work has been featured in a wide variety of multidisciplinary academic outlets, including the Emory Law Journal, Ohio State Law Journal, Iowa Law Review, Illinois Law Review, Virginia Tax Review, Cornell Journal of Law & Public Policy, Journal of Law & Politics, Journal of Legal Education, Artificial Intelligence & Law, and Physica A.
His work has been highlighted in a number of media outlets, including the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Wired, Vox, National Public Radio, Slate Magazine, Huffington Post, 538, Bloomberg Businessweek, ABA Journal, Law Technology News and The American Lawyer.
Professor Katz is an 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 and is a member of the ABA Task Force on Big Data and the Law.
Professor Katz is actively involved in the rapidly growing legal technology industry. He is the Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer of LexPredict (a Legal Analytics company). He also serves as a formal and informal advisor to a large number of legal startups. In addition, he is a member of the advisory board of NextLaw Labs - a global collaborative innovation ecosystem organized with Dentons (the world’s largest law firm).
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. During his graduate studies, 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.
For more than 15 years, Brian has been responsible for shaping the stories and reputations for many of the world’s largest and most innovative law firms.
At Seyfarth, he leads public relations, media relations, and social media efforts for the firm's 14 offices around the globe, as well as firm subsidiaries SeyfarthLean Consulting and Seyfarth Shaw At Work. In this role, Brian works closely with Seyfarth leadership to shape strategic communications, content, and thought leadership programs that enhance firm reputation, maximize visibility and align with business development goals.
Before joining Seyfarth, Brian was a vice president at Greentarget where he developed and directed public relations programs and content for a portfolio of Am Law 100 clients, including DLA Piper, Squire Sanders, Foley & Lardner, Quarles & Brady, and Barnes & Thornburg, among other firms.
During his career, he has also led communications campaigns for a variety of high-profile law firm mergers, launches, office openings, and leadership transitions, including the combinations that created DLA Piper and WilmerHale.
Jennifer has been working in technology and business development in the professional services industry for over twenty years, spending time in house in firms, with technology companies, with consulting organizations, and currently as the the founder of her own consultancy. She provides business development technology guidance and oversight to the accounting, consulting, financial services, and legal industries.
Brandie is the award-winning founder and principal of Knox Design Strategy. An expert in design strategy for more than a decade, her goal is always to design materials that communicate, persuade and create meaningful experiences for her clients’ end users. Having worked in-house for the law firm Shearman & Sterling LLP Brandie knows the internal bureaucracy and is adept at managing internal expectations based on knowledge gathered from observations of current workflow and management dynamics. While working on an in-house brand management team, Brandie launched global branding initiatives and directed creative teams working directly with c-suite executives and external consultants. As a result, she knows that critical to meeting business objectives is open collaboration with key decision-makers within a company.
Brandie delights in running her own studio for the incredible variety of clients she encounters, and is constantly reinvigorated by meeting the challenges of problem-solving on their behalf. Brandie holds an MFA in Communication Arts from East Carolina University. She is an active member in the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) and Type Directors Club (TDC). Her work has garnered awards from HOW Magazine’s Annual International Design competition, HOW Magazine’s In-Howse Design Awards, the 365: AIGA Annual Design Competition, The Webby Awards, the Legal Marketing Association (LMA) Your Honor Awards and the Interactive Media Awards (IMA).
With over 20 years in the legal industry, Rick has developed expertise in identifying and implementing processes and technology to help solve business problems. His current role centers on KM strategy development and execution, assessing and leading the implementation of new solutions and leading a team of KM professionals through their day-to-day activities.
Rick helps attorneys and their clients streamline processes and utilize technologies to increase operational efficiency, minimize risk and cost, and improve collaboration and access to relevant information. By helping develop and execute on a KM plan, he helps the firm and its clients maximize value and adoption.
Rick is the author of several articles on the subject of law firm websites and has spoken & organized discussion forums on topics related to SharePoint, collaboration, governance and search.