Professor and Vice Dean Peter A. Joy is well known for his work in clinical legal education, legal ethics, and trial practice. As co-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.
In addition to his clinical work and teaching, Vice Dean Joy has written extensively and presented nationally and internationally on clinical legal education, legal ethics, lawyer and judicial professionalism, and access to criminal justice issues. Past director of the law school’s Trial & Advocacy Program, he is a recipient of the Association of American Law Schools’ (AALS) Pincus Award. He currently is a member of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar's Accreditation Committee; chair elect of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Professional Responsibility Section; former chair of the AALS Section on Clinical Legal Education; a board member of the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT); and former president of the Clinical Legal Education Association (CLEA). Vice Dean Joy also serves on the Board of Editors of the Clinical Law Review and is a contributing editor of ABA Criminal Justice where he co-authors an ethics column.
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.
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