Ronald W. Staudt
Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology
Organization Type: Educational Institution
Position/Title: Associate Vice President and Professor of Law
Functional Area: Education
Year of Induction: 2004
565 W. Adams St., Room 743
Chicago, IL 60661-3691
Ron Staudt is a professor of law at Chicago-Kent College of Law where he teaches a Justice & Technology Practicum, Copyright Law, Intellectual Property Strategies and Public Interest Law & Policy. In addition, he is director of the Center for Access to Justice & Technology (CAJT)—a law school center using Internet resources to improve access to justice with special emphasis on building Web tools to support legal services advocates, pro bono volunteers and pro se litigants. Current CAJT projects include the law school’s Public Interest Certificate program; A2J Author, a collaboration with the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction to build new computer interfaces for self-represented litigants; and the Self-Help Web Center at the Cook County Courthouse in the Daley Center, where law student volunteers help self-represented litigants to use technology tools developed at CAJT.
He is a member of the ABA Law Practice Management Section’s eLawyering Task Force, a former ABA TECHSHOW Planning Board member and has served on the Advisory Council of the ABA Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services. He is one of the first 50 ABA Journal Legal Rebels.
Ron received a B.S. in mathematics and a B.A. in philosophy from St. Joseph’s College, Rensselaer, Indiana. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School, where he was a member of the University of Chicago Law Review. Before joining the Chicago-Kent faculty in 1978, he practiced with the firm of Hubacheck, Kelly, Rauch & Kirby for two years, was staff attorney and assistant director of the Pima County, Arizona, Legal Aid Society, and was a clinical fellow and lecturer at the Mandel Legal Aid Clinic, University of Chicago Law School. From 1994 through 1998, on leave from the Chicago-Kent, he served as vice president for technology development and associated positions at LexisNexis Inc. in Dayton, Ohio.
Professor Staudt has written numerous articles and books on technology and law, including a report co-authored by Charles L. Owen and Edward B. Pedwell, titled Access to Justice: Meeting the Needs of Self-Represented Litigants.
CITATION UPON INDUCTION INTO THE COLLEGE
Ron Staudt is truly a man of many worlds. He has excelled in academia and business, combining his passions for technology and public interest issues. As an Associate Vice President at the Chicago-Kent College of Law, Professor Staudt has expertly blended both the use of technology and law practice management principles into the traditional law school curriculum. His creative and infectious approach has an inspiring impact on thousands of law students as they enter the profession. As an executive of LexisNexis, he provided and implemented a strategic vision for the company’s offerings as it successfully navigated its critical entry into the Internet era. Ron has made a habit of generously sharing his time, energy and expertise with many activities serving the profession and the public. By his induction into the College of Law Practice Management, the College recognizes a truly special professional whose efforts continue to benefit many.
— Introduced by Dave Hambourger, 2004