Albany Law School has named Katheryn D. Katz, Professor of Law, the Kate Stoneman Chair in Law and Democracy. The position is named in honor of Katherine Stoneman, the first woman to graduate from Albany Law School in 1898 and the first woman admitted to the practice of law in New York state.
"Professor Katz is an accomplished family law scholar who has been inspiring and mentoring our students and graduates for more than 30 years," said President and Dean Thomas F. Guernsey. "I am proud and honored to recognize her remarkable contributions which so closely reflect those of Kate Stoneman."
Prof. Katz teaches in the areas of constitutional law, family law, children in the law and women in the law. She has published over 30 articles and book chapters around family law and constitutional law. Her current research and publication interests include reproductive rights of minors, cloning and embryo donation.
Before joining the Albany Law School faculty, Katz was an assistant professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and engaged in private practice in Albany. She was the founding partner of Powers & Katz, one of the first female law firms in upstate New York. In 1975, Katz was the second female faculty member hired by Albany Law School. Katz received an A.B. from the University of California, Berkeley, and a J.D. from Albany Law School.
The Kate Stoneman Chair in Law and Democracy was originally established to bring distinguished visiting professors to Albany Law School. In 2007, the Law School changed the position to a permanent chair to commemorate Kate Stoneman's extraordinary achievements and to ensure that her contributions to society are recognized and continued at Albany Law School by inspiring new generations of students in the legal profession.