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Clark D. Cunningham

W. Lee Burge Professor of Law and Ethics    

A.B., 1975, Dartmouth College
J.D., 1981, Wayne State University


Legal Ethics


Professor Cunningham is a member of the Chief Justice of Georgia’s Commission on Professionalism and Co-Reporter to Georgia’s Commission on Indigent Defense. He is a widely cited expert on the lawyer-client relationship and publishes on a variety of other topics with an emphasis on interdisciplinary and comparative scholarship. His article in the Iowa Law Review, applying semantics to analyze the ways the meaning of “search” has evolved in U.S. constitutional law, won the national Scholarly Papers Competition sponsored by the Association of American Law Schools. His Yale Law Journal article, “Plain Meaning and Hard Cases,” co-authored with three linguists, has been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court in three different cases.

He is a leading American scholar on the legal system of India and has consulted around the world on reform in legal education. He has been a visiting scholar at the Indian Law Institute, Sichuan University (China), the University of Sydney (Australia), University of Palermo (Argentina), and the National Law School of India.

He has been an active public interest lawyer, prior to his academic career, and as the director of both civil and criminal law school clinics. He has litigated a number of federal class action law suits, argued before the Missouri Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and authored friend-of-the court briefs filed in the Michigan Supreme Court and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Prior to joining GSU in 2002 as the first holder of the W. Lee Burge Chair in Law and Ethics, he was on the faculty of the University of Michigan Law School (1987-89) and the Washington University School of Law (1989-2002).

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