Dean of the University of Chicago Law School: 1939-1950
Wilber G. Katz was a nationally-recognized authority in corporate law, accounting, and church-state relations. He authored numerous articles on matters of corporate finance and served as the editor of annotations to the Illinois Corporation Act. He co-authored the text Accounting in Law Practice (1932) with Willard J. Graham. Katz contributed to texts on law and religion such as Religion in America (Cogley ed., 1958); Religion in American Life (Smith and Jamison eds., 1961); and Religion, Morality and Law (Harding ed., 1956). A leading Episcopal layman, Katz gave the Julius Rosenthal Foundation Lectures on Religion and American Constitutions at Northwestern University in 1963.
Katz taught courses in Corporations, Accounting and the Law, Legal Ethics, and the Law of Religious Freedom. When lauding Katz as “the best teacher I ever experienced” future colleague Harry Kalven noted: “He was at his utter best in his own course in corporations, for which he had developed his own set of teaching materials and into which he had built, really as a pioneer, a substantial dose of accounting.” ["Wilber G. Katz - the Gentle Exemplar," Wisconsin Law Review, 954 (1972)] He was popular among the students for the rigorous yet congenial atmosphere of his classroom and for the exciting, fast-paced nature of the discussions he led there.
A Four-Year Program for Legal Education, Wilber G. Katz, 1937
An Open Letter to the Attorney General of Illinois, Wilber G. Katz, 1948
Who Are the Utopians?, Wilber G. Katz, 1949
Accounting in the Law Schools, Wilber G. Katz, 1953
Name Professor Katz Dean of Law School, The Daily Maroon Staff, 1939
Katz Cites Changes in Law School Ideas, Wilber G. Katz, 1948
Wilber G. Katz - the Gentle Exemplar, Harry Kalven Jr., 1972
Wilber G. Katz, Harry Kalven Jr., 1979
Tribute: Wilber G. Katz, Edward H. Levi, 1979