Following graduation, Katz worked in an accounting practice honing his financial acumen that had been nurtured within him by his father who worked as a C.P.A. until his death in 2013, at 79.
With some business experience under his belt, Katz was accepted to Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco – the Class of 1988. This era at the law school was a breeding ground for future civil servants. O.C Supervisor Don Wagner was two years ahead of Katz. O.C. District Attorney, Todd Spitzer, San Rafael councilmember, Andrew McCullough, and San Mateo Mayor, Diane Papen, were in Katz’s class. O.C. Supervisor Andrew Do was one year behind Katz. And Senator Kamala Harris was two years behind Katz.
While Katz is proud of garnering the Moot Court Championship in the Western Region of the U.S. (and second place nationally), he looks back with the greatest fondness, upon the volunteer work he did throughout law school with the Hastings’ General Assistance Advocacy Project, where he provided legal services to low income residents of the Tenderloin District.