Ronald W. Staudt

Professor of Law Emeritus

Professor Staudt 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 IIT 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 Chicago-Kent, he served as vice president for technology development and associated positions at LexisNexis Inc. in Dayton, Ohio.

Professor Staudt taught the Justice and Technology Practicum and Practice & Professionalism; Copyright Law; Intellectual Property Strategies; Internet Law, Public Interest Law & Policy, and Computer Law. He was director of the Center for Access to Justice & Technology (CAJT)—a law school center using web-based resources to improve access to justice. Current CAJT projects include the law school's Public Interest Certificate programA2J Author, a collaboration with the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction to build new computer interfaces for self-represented litigants; and the Self-Help Resource Center at the Richard J. Daley Center.

Professor Staudt has written numerous articles and books on technology and law, including the report co-authored by Charles L. Owen, Distinguished Professor of Design at IIT's Institute of Design, and Edward B. Pedwell, titled Access to Justice: Meeting the Needs of Self-Represented Litigants.

Professor Staudt is a Fellow, board member, and past president (2012–2014) of the College of Law Practice Management. He has served on many boards and committees that promote technology solutions to access to justice problems, including the ABA's E-Lawyering Task Force, Law Help Interactive's advisory board, the advisory council of the ABA Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services, the Chicago Bar Foundation's Justice Entrepreneurs Project and its Pro Se Advisory Committee, the ABA Legal Access Job Corps Task Force (2013–2014), and the ABA Commission on the Future of Legal Services.


J.D., University of Chicago Law School

B.A./B.S., St. Joseph's College