David Austin

Visiting Assistant Professor of Legal Writing

Education

J.D., The John Marshall Law School
B.A., University of Maryland-European Division

Biography

Professor Austin has been teaching Legal Writing and Legal Skills for more than a decade. He began his academic career at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, where he served as an adjunct in one of the country's top-ranked legal writing programs. Austin subsequently joined California Western School of Law as a Legal Skills Professor. During the course of his career, Austin has also taught in a number of foreign countries. As a visiting professor, he has taught Legal Skills at the Universities of Bari and Cagliari, in Italy. He also was appointed as a Fulbright Specialist to help design and teach the Legal Skills curriculum at the Jigme Singye Wangchuck School of Law, the first and only law school in the Kingdom of Bhutan. In addition to Legal Skills, Austin has taught comparative law courses focusing on Sexual Orientation and the Law at Charles University in Prague as part of the Consortium for Innovative Legal Education's Summer Abroad program.

Prior to entering academia, Austin was an attorney at Jenner & Block LL.P. and Schoeman Updike Kaufman & Scharf in Chicago. He is experienced in complex litigation, including commercial disputes and product liability defense. He served for two years as clerk to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Hawaii. Read more.