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Professor J. Michael Norwood

J. Michael Norwood

Emeritus Professor of Law
B.A. 1967, J.D. 1970, University of New Mexico
Member of the New Mexico Bar

 Curriculum Vitae SSRN

Contact Information

 Ph.: 505-277-6553
 Office: 3242
 norwood@law.unm.edu

Profile

Professor Norwood centers his work in four general areas: clinical legal education, children's advocacy, technology law, and computer applications. Although he is now emeritus status, he still regularly teaches at the law school.

The primary focus of his clinical work is developing sustainable, community oriented law clinics. Professor Norwood's clinics bring a multidisciplinary approach to serving the unmet needs of underrepresented clients and groups. To this end, he has participated as principal investigator or consultant on numerous research grants that have supported this approach to clinical legal education. In his current clinical work he developed and teaches a child advocacy clinic that includes a multidisciplinary clinical component through a cooperative arrangement and strategic alliance with the pediatrics department at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine.

Professor Norwood's clinical work included service as the Reporter for the American Bar Association Task Force on Law Schools and the Profession: Narrowing the Gap. The Task Force's Report entitled Legal Education and Professional Development - An Educational Continuum is recognized as the major influence on recent developments in improved lawyering skills programs at ABA accredited law schools.

Professor Norwood's interest in children's advocacy stems from his clinical work with the University of New Mexico School of Medicine's FOCUS Project. The FOCUS Project is dedicated to the prevention of child abuse and neglect. The project provides extensive services to children at risk of abuse and neglect because they have been exposed to drugs or alcohol prior to birth or have been identified as living in high risk environments. Basic research and institutional reform regarding abuse and neglect issues are included as goals of the project, and he and his student were instrumental in the State of New Mexico adopting progressive legislation benefiting children being raised by grandparents or other relative caregivers.

Computer technology became a focal point for Professor Norwood's work during his term of service, from 1983 to 1992, as the Director of Clinical Programs at the University of New Mexico School of Law. Computer technology continues to be central to his research and teaching. His interest in computer technology includes both computer applications used by legal professionals and the law that governs the use of computers, especially Internet law. His work in computer technology includes service as the inaugural research scholar at the Centre for Computer Technology and Law at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland. He is also a member of Board of Directors of the Center for Computer Aided Legal Instruction (CALI) and is a past president of CALI.

Book Chapters

The Origins of Law School Education, in PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION IN THE UNITED STATES - EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING, ISSUES, AND PROSPECTS (Soloman Hoberman & Sidney Mailick eds., 1994). (Co-authored with Frederick M. Hart.)

Key Parameters of the Clinical Method of Study, in PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION IN THE UNITED STATES - EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING, ISSUES, AND PROSPECTS (Soloman Hoberman & Sidney Mailick eds., 1994). (Co-authored with Frederick M. Hart.)

Articles

Problem Solving in a Multidisciplinary Environment: Must Ethics get in the Way of Holistic Service, 9 Clinical L. Rev. 337 (2002) (with Alan Paterson).

Commercial Transactions by Electronic Commerce Involving the United States, Mexico and the European Union: A Panel Discussion, 10 U.S.-Mexico L. J. 165 (Moderator: Michael W. Gordon, Panelists: J. Michael Norwood; Roger Saldana, John Andrew Spanogle) (Spring 2002).

Internet Team Teaching: One Team's Experience, (last visited October 10, 2003). Theresa Player, University of San Diego School of Law, Michael Norwood, The University of New Mexico School of Law, Robert Seibel, CUNY Law School, Queens, New York [November 2001], Jurist Legal Intelligence, Lessons from the Web.

An Interdisciplinary Model for Clinical Legal Education and Legal Services Delivery, Service Bridges (Summer 1998).

Scenes from the Continuum: Sustaining the MacCrate Report's Vision of Legal Education into the Twenty-First Century, 30 WAKE FOREST L. REV. 293 (1995).

Law Schools and the Profession: Narrowing the Gap, 14 NAPLA NOTES 4, 44 (1993). (Co-authored with Peter Winograd.)

Requiring a Live Client, In-house Clinical Course: A Report on the University of New Mexico Law School Experience, 19 N.M. L. REV. 265 (1989).

Survey of New Mexico Evidence Law, 12 N.M. L. REV. 329 (1982).

The Constitutionality of Pre-Trial Detention Without Bail in New Mexico, 12 N.M. L. REV. 685 (1982). (Co-authored with L. Novins).

Reports, Manuals, and Other Writings

Legal Education and Professional Development - An Educational Continuum - Report of the Task Force on Law Schools and the Profession: Narrowing the Gap, 1992 A.B.A. SEC. ON LEGAL EDUC. AND ADMISSIONS TO THE BAR. (Co-authored with others as a Task Force Reporter.)

CLINICAL OFFICE PROCEDURES AND COMPUTER USE MANUAL (University of New Mexico School of Law, 1991). (Co-authored with others.)

REPORT ON THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO SCHOOL OF LAW CLINICAL LAW PROGRAM (University of New Mexico School of Law, 1987). [On file with the New Mexico Supreme Court.]

USE OF DOCUMENTARY, PICTORAL, AND TANGIBLE EVIDENCE (Legal Services Corporation, 1982). (Co-authored with S. Landsman.)

ART OF CRITIQUING (Legal Services Corporation, 1979). (Co-authored with M. Hermann.) [A test and training module utilized at national training conferences for experienced Legal Service lawyers.]

COMPARISON OF LAW STUDENTS AND LICENSED ATTORNEYS PERFORMANCE IN REPRESENTING INDIGENT CHARGED WITH MISDEMEANORS (Law Enforcement Assistance Administration, 1975). (Co-authored with F. Evans.)