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Professional Responsibility (2017/18)

Professional Responsibility

In Professional Responsibilty class, you learn about what lawyers may and may not do.

Course-specific information for LL.M. students follows course-specific information for JD students.

JD Section: Professor Jean M. McQuillan

Jean McQuillan has more than 35 years of experience in private practice, including Greene & McQuillan and its predecessor firms. She represented plaintiffs in a variety of civil cases, including medical malpractice, construction liability, business torts and class actions. Professor McQuillan served on the Board of Commissioners for Grievances and Discipline of the Supreme Court of Ohio from 1999 through 2009 and was Chair of the Board in 2004. She also served on the Ohio Supreme Court Task Force on the Code of Judicial Conduct from 2007-2009.

Professor McQuillan has taught practical skills classes at the law school since 1994, including lawyering process, strategic representation of clients and civil pretrial practice. She now teaches professional responsibility.

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LL.M Section: Professor Jonathan Gordon

Jonathan Gordon has taught legal analysis and writing to a generation of JD students and teaches legal writing and professional responsibility to international law students in the school’s LLM program. Gordon has taught various other JD courses over the years, including conflicts resolution, the lawyering process, pretrial practice and professional responsibility.

Gordon was one of the founding members of the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Summer Legal Academy for local high school students and was one of the inaugural mentors in the university’s Provost Scholars Program, for which he continues to work with local youth from East Cleveland. Gordon has also served as the faculty liaison for various externships with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Federal Trade Commission, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and several state Attorney General offices in Ohio and elsewhere. He is an active supporter of various student groups such as BLSA, SPILF and Street Law, as well as the law school’s Loan Repayment Assistance Program.

A graduate of Columbia University School of Law, Gordon began his legal career in private practice, focusing on civil rights and employment issues. Prior to joining the law school, he spent several years as a trial attorney for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, where he was involved in cases involving race, gender, religion, national origin, age discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation and various class action matters. He has also served as a writing and litigation consultant for local and national law firms and corporate legal departments. He has been a long-time member of the Legal Writing Institute and the Association of Legal Writing Directors. Gordon has served as a guest speaker at numerous regional, national and international conferences devoted to legal writing and global legal skills education.

Professor McQuillan's and Professor Gordon's Library Liaison: Judy Kaul

Judy works closely with the University Office of Counsel to license our subscriptions. She manages research services promotion from a public services perspective as well as coordinates the evaluation and acquisition of electronic research services. She assists with teaching legal research aspects of LLEAP and provides legal research sessions for seminars and in the Advanced Legal Research course. She assists with plagiarism prevention education. She is the reference liaison to the Spangenberg Center for Law, Technology & the Arts and the Journal of Law Technology and the Internet.