Robert A. Katzmann is a United Stated Circuit Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. At the time of his appointment in 1999, he was Walsh Professor of Government, Professor of Law and Professor of Public Policy at Georgetown University; a Fellow of the Governmental Studies Program of the Brookings Institution; and president of the Governance Institute (a nonprofit organization concerned with the nexus between law, institutions, and policy).
A lawyer and a political scientist by training, Judge Katzmann received his A.B. (summa cum laude) from Columbia College, A.M. and Ph.D degrees in government from Harvard University, and a J.D. from the Yale Law School, where he was an Article and Book Review Editor of the Yale Law Journal. After clerking on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit for Judge Hugh H. Bownes, he joined the Brookings Institution Governmental Studies Program, where from 1981-99, he was a research associate, senior fellow, visiting fellow, and acting program director. He is the author of Regulatory Bureaucracy: The Federal Trade Commission and Antitrust Policy (MIT Press, l980; paperback with new afterword, l98l), Institutional Disability: The Saga of Transportation Policy for the Disabled (Brookings, l986), co-editor of Managing Appeals in Federal Court (Federal Judicial Center, l988), editor and contributing author of Daniel Patrick Moynihan: The Intellectual in Public Life (Johns Hopkins, 1998), and editor and contributing author of Judges and Legislators: Toward Institutional Comity (Brookings, l988). Judge Katzmann completed another volume of his own essays on the subject of interbranch relations, Courts and Congress (Brookings/Governance, 1997). His work on interbranch relations began at the invitation of the U.S. Judicial Conference Committee on the Judicial Branch, then chaired by Judge Frank M. Coffin. Judge Katzmann also directed a project on the legal profession and public service, entitled The Law Firm and the Public Good (Governance/Brookings 1995).
He has written articles on a variety of subjects, including regulation, judicial-congressional relations, disability, the administrative process, court reform, and the war powers resolution. He has offered courses on administrative law, constitutional law, and the judiciary. Apart from Georgetown, he has taught at N.YU. School of Law, U.C.L.A. (Washington D.C. program), and in the fall of 1992 was the Wayne Morse Professor of Law and Politics at the University of Oregon.
Judge Katzmann has been a board director of the American Judicature Society, a public member of the Administrative Conference of the United States, and a vice-chair of the Committee on Government Organization and Separation of Powers of the ABA Section on Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice. He has also been a consultant to the Federal Courts Study Committee. He served as co-chair of the FTC transition team, and as special counsel to Senator Moynihan on the confirmation of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. He has also been chair of the Section on Legislation of the American Association of Law Schools.
He is recipient of the American Political Science Association's Charles E. Merriam Award (2001), "given to a person whose published work and career represents a significant contribution to the art of government through the application of social science research."