University of Baltimore Law School Dean Lawrence M. Katz has earned the right to step down to a less demanding job. In 14 years at the school as dean, he has led it to a position of respect within the academic and professional communities. It is fully accredited, its faculty gets high marks and it now consistently attracts a much better qualified student body than it did in the past.
Larry Katz says he was just "in the right place at the right time," but legal educators say it was a case of the right man in the right place at the right time. It was not assured in 1978 that the UB Law School could rise as fast and as far as it has under Dean Katz. Nor has it been easy. The rough moments in such a journey would wear out any man and make the relatively simple life of law school professor seem quite attractive. Once a successor has been found, Dean Katz will become Professor Katz at the law school.
Finding a replacement is not going to be easy. The University of Maryland Law School recently had to search long and hard to find a new dean up to its standards. There are not a lot of Larry Katzes out there.