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Kenneth Katkin

Kenneth Katkin
Professor of Law


Professor Katkin teaches and writes in the areas of Constitutional Law, Communications Law, Legislation, Federal Jurisdiction, and Entertainment Law. Since arriving at Chase in Autumn 2000, Professor Katkin has published articles in the Case Western Reserve Law Review, Nebraska Law Review, Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, Northern Kentucky Law Review, Kentucky Bench and Bar Journal, ABA Insights On Law & Society, Dictionary of American History, and Encyclopedia of Intelligence and Counterintelligence. Prof. Katkin has been interviewed and quoted as a legal expert by the Cincinnati Enquirer, Louisville Courier-Journal, Cincinnati/Kentucky Post, New York City’s “Village Voice” newspaper, WNKU-FM, WKRC-TV (Channel 12) News, and WXIX-TV (“Fox 19”) News.

Before coming to Chase, Professor Katkin litigated constitutional and telecommunications law cases with the Washington D.C. firm Wiley, Rein & Fielding. In that capacity, Professor Katkin’s clients included America Online, CBS, GTE, McCain For President 2000, the Media Access Project, Pacific Bell, Southwestern Bell, NTT (the Japanese AT&T), Clear Channel/AMFM Broadcasting, Inc., INTELSAT, COMSAT, and the Washington Legal Foundation. Before entering private practice, Professor Katkin clerked for the Hon. David M. Ebel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, in Denver, Colorado.

Professor Katkin received his JD, magna cum laude, from the Northwestern University School of Law, where he graduated second in his class, served as an editor of the Northwestern University Law Review, and was admitted to the Order of the Coif. Professor Katkin also was active in the Northwestern University Legal Clinic, where he twice participated in cases that led to reversals of death sentences.

Before attending law school, Professor Katkin worked as an Artists and Repertoire Director for several independent record companies, and as a non-commercial radio disc jockey and talk show host. Professor Katkin holds an AB degree in mathematics from Princeton University.


  • Office: NH 556
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  • Phone: 859.572.5861
  • Fax: 859.572.5342


  • BA Mathematics, Princeton University
  • JD, Northwestern University School of Law, magna cum laude

Courses Taught

  • Broadcast, Telecom & Internet Law
  • Conflict of Law
  • Constitutional Law I
  • Constitutional Law II
  • Entertainment Law
  • Federal Courts
  • Federal Taxation 1A
  • Inter-school Competition
  • Introduction to Legal Studies and Legislation


First Amendment Lochnerism?: Emerging Constitutional Limitations on Government Regulation of Non-Speech Economic Activity, 33 N. Ky L. Rev. 365 (2006) Hein Online   

Communication Breakdown?: The Future of Global Connectivity After the Privatization of INTELSAT, 38 Vand. J. Transnat'l L. 1323 (2005) reprinted in Europe in Volume 10 of the Int'l J. Communications L. & Pol'y, IJCLP Web-Doc 07-10-2005 (2005) Hein Online   

Incorporation of the Criminal Procedure Amendments: The View From The States, 84 Neb. L. Rev. 397 (2005) Hein Online  

Campaign Finance Reform After Federal Election Commission v. McConnell, 31 N. Ky L. Rev. 235 (2004) Hein Online  

Conflicting Perceptions of the Rule of Law, 3 Insights on L. & Soc'y 10 (2 2003) Hein Online

The Second Amendment Today: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on the Constitutionality of Firearms Regulation, 29 N. Ky L. Rev. 643 (2002) Hein Online  

Kentucky Survey Issue: The Establishment Clause, 29 N. Ky L. Rev. 73 (2002) (co-authored with Laurie Lamb) Hein Online  

Cable Open Access and Direct Access To INTELSAT, 53 Case W. Res. L. Rev. 77 (2002) Hein Online  

Cyber-Law: Problems of Internet Governance, 28 N. Ky L. Rev. 656 (2001) Hein Online  

'Throwing A Hail Mary': The U.S. Supreme Court Refortifies The Wall of Separation Between Church and State, 65 Ky Bench & Bar 6 (2001)