New Lecture Series Established in Memory of Prof. Katz '70

4/22/2014 | Facebook | Twitter | Email
Professor Katz

The Katheryn D. Katz '70 Lecture Fund has been established to honor the late Professor Emerita Katheryn D. Katz '70, the first permanent Kate Stoneman Chair in Law and Democracy.

Professor Katz was a pioneer in legal education, teaching the nation's first domestic violence course. Upon her passing two years ago, donations from family, friends and colleagues in her memory established the fund to underwrite the new lecture series. Professor Katz's daughter Elizabeth "Betsy" Katz and son Professor Michael Katz, along with his wife Jennifer M. Hobart, worked to establish the fund.

The new lecture series will begin next year and focus on the family law topics Professor Katz made central to her teaching: domestic violence, gender and the law, children and the law, reproductive rights and inequality. Its establishment marks the 20th Anniversary of Kate Stoneman Day at Albany Law School. A recent article in the Albany Law Review by Professors Mary Lynch and Melissa Breger titled "Kate  Stoneman to the Kate Stoneman Chair: Feminist Waves and the First Domestic Violence Course at a United States Law School" captures the significance of Katz' work.

Professor Katz' daughter Elizabeth "Betsy" Katz with Professor Mary Lynch at a Stoneman Day event April 2014.

Professor Katz joined the Albany Law School faculty in 1975, when she was one of only two women on the faculty. She taught courses in the areas of constitutional law, domestic violence, family law, children in the law and women in the law. She received a Kate Stoneman Award in 1995. Before joining the Albany Law faculty, she was the founding partner of Powers & Katz, one of the first female law firms in Upstate New York.  

For more information about the new lecture series or to make a gift in memory of Professor Katz, please contact Anne Marie Judge, interim assistant dean for institutional advancement, at 518-445-3219 or