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Peter A. Joy

Henry Hitchcock Professor of Law; Director, Criminal Justice Clinic

Professor Peter A. Joy is well known for his work in legal ethics, clinical legal education, criminal justice, and trial practice. As director of the Criminal Justice Clinic, he supervises student-lawyers who provide direct legal representation to clients and work with experienced public defenders on criminal matters. Professor Joy has written extensively and presented nationally and internationally on legal ethics, lawyer and judicial professionalism, clinical legal education, and access to justice issues. He served as Vice Dean from 2010 to 2012, Vice Dean for Academic Affairs 2018-2020, and was the inaugural director of the law school’s Trial & Advocacy Program from 2002 to 2006. Professor Joy is a recipient of the Association of American Law Schools’ (AALS) Pincus Award for outstanding contribution to clinical legal education. He is currently on the Board of Editors for the International Journal of Clinical Legal Education, and he is a columnist for the American Bar Association (ABA) quarterly publication Criminal Justice. He is a former member of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar Accreditation Committee and Standards Review Committee; a former chair of the AALS Professional Responsibility Section; former chair of the AALS Section on Clinical Legal Education; former board member of the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT); former president of the Clinical Legal Education Association (CLEA); and former member of the Board of Editors of the Clinical Law Review from 2005-2011. Before becoming a law professor, he was of counsel at Meckler & Meckler in Cleveland, Ohio, and he started his legal career as National Co-Director for the Law Students Civil Rights Research Council (LSCRRC) in Atlanta, Georgia. He has been recognized by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell as an AV Preeminent Rated Lawyer for more than 40 years.

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