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Susan Martyn

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Photo - Susan Martyn Professor Susan R. Martyn, a faculty member at the University of Toledo College of Law since 1980, is a graduate of St. Olaf College and Marquette University Law School. She teaches Torts, Legal Ethics and Bioethics, and also serves as Adjunct Professor of Law and Medical Humanities at the University of Toledo College of Medicine. Prior to joining the faculty, Professor Martyn was Assistant Dean and Associate Professor at Wayne State University Law School.

Professor Martyn is a national authority on issues of legal ethics and has served on two of the most important national bodies to shape the law governing lawyers in the past twenty years. She was an advisor to the American Law Institute’s Restatement (Third) of the Law Governing Lawyers from 1987 until its publication in 2000, and she served on the American Bar Association’s Ethics 2000 Commission from 1997 through 2002. Since 2002 she has contributed as a member of the Ohio Supreme Court’s Task Force on the Rules of Professional Conduct.

Professor Martyn is a member of the Ohio, Michigan and Supreme Court Bars. She is a frequent speaker on issues of legal ethics, and co-chairs ALI-ABA’s annual Legal Ethics Update.

With coauthor Lawrence J. Fox, Professor Martyn seeks to make legal ethics accessible to all audiences. Her most recent publications include four books about legal ethics intended for clients, practicing lawyers, and law students, and numerous articles about both legal and bioethics:


For Clients:
Your Lawyer: A User’s Guide [with Lawrence J. Fox] (LEXIS 2006)

For Practicing Lawyers:
Red Flags: A Lawyer’s Handbook on Legal Ethics [with Lawrence J. Fox] (ALI-ABA 2005)

For Law Students:
The Law Governing Lawyers: National Rules, Standards, Statutes and State Lawyer Codes [with Lawrence J. Fox and W. Bradley Wendel] (Wolters Kluwer 2015)

Traversing the Ethical Minefield: Problems, Law and Professional Responsibility [with Lawrence J. Fox] (Wolters Kluwer 2013)


“Accidental Clients,” 33 Hofstra L. Rev 913 (2005)

“In Defense of Client-Lawyer Confidentiality . . . And Its Exceptions . . .,” 81 Neb. L. Rev. 101(2003)

“Formation of the Client-Lawyer Relationship,” “Competence and Diligence,” and  “Communications and Shared Decision-Making,” in Maya G. Bolocan, Ed., Professional Legal Ethics: A Comparative Perspective (CEELI 2002)

Book Review, Rhode’s Reforms, 15 Geo. J. Legal Ethics 143 (2001)

“Human Cloning: The Role of Law,” 31 U. Tol. L. Rev. 375 (2001)

“Why Ohio Should Study The Revised Model Rules of Professional Conduct,” Ohio Lawyer September/October 2001 14

“Justice and Lawyers: Revising the Model Rules of Professional Conduct,” 12 The Professional Lawyer (2001)

“Now is the Moment to Reflect: Two Years of Experience with Oregon’s Physician-Assisted Suicide Law,” 8 University of Illinois Elder Law Journal 1 (2000) [with Henry J. Bourguignon]

“Physician-Assisted Suicide: The Supreme Court's Wary Rejection,” 31 U. Tol. L. Rev. 253 (2000) [with Henry J. Bourguignon]
“Physician’s Decisions About Patient Capacity: The Trojan Horse of Physician-Assisted Suicide,” 6 Psychology, Public Policy and Law 388 (2000) [with Henry J. Bourguignon]

“Justice Stewart G. Pollock: Catcher in the Rye,” 30 Seton Hall L. Rev. 435 (2000)


Lawrence J. Fox

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Photo - Lawrence J. Fox Lawrence J. Fox is a Partner at Schoeman Updike Kaufman & Gerber. He is also the George W. and Sadella D. Crawford Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School.

Mr. Fox is a trial lawyer specializing in securities litigation and the representation of lawyers. He was an advisor to The American Law Institute’s Restatement of the Law Governing Lawyers project. He is a former member and Chair of the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility. He was a member of the American Bar Association Ethics 2000 project which rewrote the Model Rules, and he has written and spoken extensively on the subject of lawyers’ professional responsibility, giving lectures at more than thirty law schools. Mr. Fox is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and The American Bar Foundation, a former Chair of the American Bar Association Section of Litigation, a former Chair of the American Bar Association Death Penalty Representation Project, and is a member of the American Bar Association House of Delegates. 

Mr. Fox is the author of Legal Tender and, with Susan Martyn, has written a case book, Traversing the Ethical Minefield: Problems, Law, and Professional Responsibility and The Law Governing Lawyers: National Rules, Standards, Statutes, and State Lawyer Codes, principal texts for this course. Mr. Fox and Professor Martyn also wrote Red Flags: Legal Ethics for Lawyers and Your Lawyer, A User’s Guide.

Mr. Fox graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and cum laude from the Law School. He was Managing Editor of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review and clerked for Samuel J. Roberts, Justice, Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Before joining Drinker Biddle & Reath he was a legal services lawyer at Community Action for Legal Services in New York City.


W. Bradley Wendel

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Brad Wendel is a professor at Cornell Law School.  Professor Wendel joined the Cornell faculty in 2004, after teaching at Washington and Lee Law School from 1999-2004. Before entering graduate school and law teaching, he was a product liability litigator at Bogle & Gates in Seattle and a law clerk for Judge Andrew J. Kleinfeld on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. His teaching interests are in the regulation of the legal profession and torts, and his research focuses on the application of moral and political philosophy to problems of legal ethics.

Professor Wendel is the author of Examples & Explanations: Professional Responsibility, also published by Wolters Kluwer.


B.A., Rice University,

J.D., Duke Law School,

LL.M., and J.S.D., Columbia Law School