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Professional Responsibility (Spring 2019)

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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JD Section: Professor David Kutik

For 38 years, David Kutik tried and defended complex cases and class actions across the country. Throughout his career, he has also represented energy companies in matters involving virtually all facets of the power and oil and gas industries. He has tried rate cases and regulatory matters for gas and electric utilities. David defended FirstEnergy Corp. and its affiliates in cases involving the 2003 multistate blackout.

David retired from Jones Day in December, 2018.

David is active in the community. He is the Cleveland Office Pro Bono and Public Service Coordinator. He is immediate past president of the Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation, a major funder of legal aid organizations in Ohio. He is also president of Ohio Legal Help, an organization that will operate a website that will provide legal resources for people who need legal help in Ohio. He currently chairs the Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee of the Ohio State Bar Association. He also serves on the Ohio State Bar Certified Grievance Committee. He is a former president of the Cleveland Bar Association, the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, and the MetroHealth Foundation.

He is currently an adjunct professor at Case Western Reserve University Law School. He teaches Energy Law and Litigation Ethics.

David has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Ohio Super Lawyers, and Northeast Ohio's Leading Lawyers. He has received numerous awards including the American Bar Association's Pro Bono Award (that organization's highest award for pro bono), the Ohio State Bar Association's John C. and Ginny Elam Pro Bono Award (initial recipient), the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association's William K. Thomas Professionalism Award and the Centennial Medal from Case Western Reserve University School of Law (the school's highest award to one of its alumni).

(From Professor Kutik's Linked In profile)

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.