Professor Robert Katz’s scholarly interests include prisoners’ health care rights; the tension between LGBTQ rights and religious freedom; the law of nonprofit organizations; and social enterprise. He joined the McKinney School in 2001 and is an affiliate faculty member of the IU School of Medicine’s Center for Bioethics as well as the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Professor Katz also does work in civil rights litigation and advocacy. He is co-counsel in a class action that seeks to compel the Indiana Department of Correction to provide costly but life-saving medication to the nearly 3,5000 inmates who are chronically infected with the hepatitis C virus. IDOC ultimately agreed to provide such treatment at an estimated cost of more than $85 million. He was co-counsel in Lee v. Pence, which successfully challenged Indiana’s ban on same-sex marriage. In March 2015, he testified in opposition to the proposed Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act before the House Judiciary Committee of the Indiana General Assembly.
Areas of Expertise
Prisoners’ health care rights, law of nonprofit organizations and health care organizations, trusts and estates, First Amendment, law and religion, tension between LGBTQ rights and religious freedom, law of nonprofit organizations, social enterprise.
IU McKinney Professor and Alumnus Secure Life-Saving Treatment for Inmates: https://mckinneylaw.iu.edu/news/releases/2020/01/iu-mckinney-professor-and-alumnus-secure-life-saving-treatment-for-inmates.html Professor Katz Cited in U.S. News Story on Medical Treatment for Inmates: https://mckinneylaw.iu.edu/news/archive.html?nid=3745 Professor Katz Cited in Stories about Indianapolis Archdiocese: https://mckinneylaw.iu.edu/news/archive.html?nid=3941 Professor Katz Discusses Proposed Hate Crimes Bill with WXIN and WTHR: https://mckinneylaw.iu.edu/news/archive.html?nid=3769 Professor Katz Discusses Recent Incident Denying Gay Couple Services: https://mckinneylaw.iu.edu/news/archive.html?nid=3767 Professor Katz Wins Order: Indiana DOC Must Treat Inmates with Hepatitis C: https://mckinneylaw.iu.edu/news/archive.html?nid=3584 Professors Hill, Katz and Wright Will Be Panelists for Film Discussion: https://mckinneylaw.iu.edu/news/archive.html?nid=2638 Professors Katz, Orentlicher Comment on RFRA Lawsuit for NBC News: https://mckinneylaw.iu.edu/news/archive.html?nid=2596 Professor Robert Katz Comments on Lawsuit Challenging RFRA ‘Fix’: https://mckinneylaw.iu.edu/news/archive.html?nid=2284