Howard Katz, professor of law
(336) 279-9283, hkatz@elon.edu

Elon Law professor Howard KatzHoward Katz co-authored a widely-read book on law school teaching in 2009. He is a member of the Clinical Legal Education Association (CLEA) Best Practices Implementation Committee. His background includes teaching and administrative positions at a variety of law schools including George Washington, Pittsburgh, Howard, Tulane and George Mason, as well as teaching business ethics in two MBA programs. He has taught constitutional law, land use planning, torts, property, contracts, criminal law, managerial law and ethics, real estate finance, and legal analysis over the course of more than 25 years of law school teaching. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Case Western Reserve University and a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard University. His scholarly interests include law school pedgagogy and curriculum, land use planning, and urban policy. 

Katz worked for six years as the Director of Strategic Planning and Policy for the Cuyahoga County Treasurer’s Office in Cleveland, Ohio, designing a housing program that won a national EPA Smart Growth award and working with the Federal Trade Commission on initiatives to curb abusive lending practices. He also has served as the chief counsel to the Cleveland City Council. Katz regularly advises on urban policy and presents before various forums on land use and urban development. He was awarded a Knight Fellowship by the University of Miami School of Architecture, was the Senior Fellow at the American Architectural Foundation in Washington, D.C. (where he worked primarily on issues of school design), and is a member of the Congress for the New Urbanism.


Starting Out Right in Contracts, 2nd ed. (Carolina Academic Press, forthcoming)

Constitutional Law - Cases in Context (Wolters Kluwer, 2013) (with Randy Barnett)

Starting Out Right in Torts, 2nd ed. (Carolina Academic Press, 2012)

Series Editor: Strategies and Techniques for Teaching Torts (also volumes on Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Evidence, Legal Writing, Professional Responsibility, and Property ) (Aspen Publishers, 2012)

Negotiation as a Foundational Skill, 12 Tenn. J. Bus. L. 168 (2011)

Strategies and Techniques of Law School Teaching: A Primer for New (and Not So New) Professors (Aspen Publishers, 2009) (with K. O’Neil)

Adding Transactional Aspects to Doctrinal Courses Using a Spectrum Approach, 10 Tenn. J. Bus. L. 399 (2009)


Howard Katz engages history, Constitution and future of legal education

Howard Katz co-authors Constitutional Law textbook

Howard Katz participates in panel on judicial activism at Midwest Political Science Association conference

Elon Law professor Howard Katz featured in News and Record on benefits of Google in Greensboro

Howard Katz speaks at forum on Greensboro's downtown development

Howard Katz’s legal education presentation published in The Tennessee Journal of Business Law

Seven members of Elon Law’s faculty present at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools 2009 Conference

Elon Law professors Steve Friedland, Scott Gaylord, and Howard Katz provide insight into Supreme Court nomination hearings through N.C. media

Elon Law professor Howard Katz co-authors book on teaching strategies for law professors

Howard Katz offers municipal management analysis for News 14 Carolina