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Memorial Service April 5 for Prof. Jay Katz


On Sunday, April 5, 2009, Yale Law School will hold a memorial service to mark the passing of Yale Law School Professor Emeritus Jay Katz, who passed away November 17, 2008, at age 86. The service begins at 1:00 p.m. in the Law School’s Levinson Auditorium, 127 Wall Street, New Haven. A reception will follow in the Law School Dining Hall.

Professor Katz was the Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor Emeritus of Law, Medicine, and Psychiatry and Harvey L. Karp Professorial Lecturer in Law and Psychoanalysis at Yale Law School. He was a leader in the area of reproductive technology law and ethics and an outspoken opponent of the criminal prosecution of pregnant women, citing privacy and equal protection concerns. His scholarship focused on psychoanalysis and law, family law, and law and medicine.

In remarks at Professor Katz’s funeral on Nov. 19, Yale Law School Dean Harold Hongju Koh eulogized his friend of more than forty years as an extraordinary man of empathy and generosity.

“Jay taught us that in the silent world of doctor and patient, there is grief, humiliation, anger and confusion," said Dean Koh. "But what Jay introduced into that silent world was compassion, understanding, and healing wisdom. As we look back on Jay Katz’s life and career, that is what we will remember most: the healing wisdom of this remarkable man.”