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Frank Carano Professor of Law
LEO KATZ HAS LONG BEEN considered one of the most creative minds in his field. Now he has been rewarded for years of outstanding research with an appointment as the Frank Carano Professor of Law.
The author of two books, Katz is currently at work on a third one tentatively titled Why the Law is So Perverse. This book seeks to account for some of the law’s most abiding and unexplained peculiarities: why legal decision-making is generally either/or (guilty or not guilty, liable or not liable, but rarely something in between); why the law so often frustrates consensual arrangements; and why the law so often settles things in ways that morality, common sense, and economic efficiency are at a loss to explain.
Katz began his legal career clerking for now-Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, then on the 9th Circuit. After his clerkship, he practiced corporate law with Mayer, Brown and Platt in Chicago, where he remained for three years. In 1987, he joined the faculty of the University of Michigan Law School. Four years later, he came to Penn Law School.
"Given my interests in criminal law, Penn was, and is a particularly congenial place to be," says Katz. His collaboration with his new colleagues at the time, Stephen Morse and Michael Moore, resulted in the joint publication of a criminal law reader on the Foundations of the Criminal Law.
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