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Michael W. Loudenslager

Michael W. Loudenslager
Professor of Law
276-935-4349, Ext. 1226

J.D., Washington & Lee University School of Law (1994), cum laude
B.A., Miami University (1991), summa cum laude

Courses Taught: Legal Process I & II and Professional Responsibility

Professor Loudenslager has served as the Director of the Legal Process program at ASL for seven years. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Professor Loudenslager was faculty advisor to the Appalachian Journal of Law for over five years, coached moot court national competition teams, and has been active in various committees as a member of the Legal Writing Institute and the Association of Legal Writing Directors.

Prior to joining ASL, he served for six years in the legal writing program at the University of Dayton School of Law and had reached the position of Associate Professor of Lawyering Skills. Before entering the academic world, Professor Loudenslager practiced law with the litigation department of Taft, Stettinius & Hollister in Cincinnati, Ohio. He received his J.D. degree cum laude from the Washington & Lee University School of Law, where he served as a Notes and Comments Editor on the school’s Law Review. He received his B.A. degree summa cum laude from Miami University in Ohio, where he was selected for membership in Phi Beta Kappa.

Professor Loudenslager’s scholarship has dealt with, among other topics, the ethics of innovative practice areas such as multidisciplinary practice, practicing law over the Internet, and unbundled legal services as well as the ethics of using electronic documents in law practice. Law journals at the University of Florida, Baylor, Brigham Young, William & Mary, Mercer and Marquette have published his articles. He received the ASL Faculty Scholarship Award in 2009.


  • What We Can Learn about the Art of Persuasion from Candidate Abraham Lincoln: A Rhetorical Analysis of the Three Speeches that Propelled Lincoln into the Presidency, 64 Mercer L. Rev. 521 (2013).
  • Why Shouldn’t Attorneys be Allowed to View Metadata?: A Proposal for Allowing Attorneys to View Metadata as Long as Extraordinary Measures Are Not Taken to Do So and Opposing Counsel is Contacted Upon Discovery of Sensitive Information, 15 J. Tech. L. & Pol’y (University of Florida College of Law) 159 (2010).
  • Giving Up the Ghost: A Proposal for Dealing with Attorney Ghostwriting of Documents Through Explicit Rules Requiring Attorney Disclosure of Drafting of Pro Se Litigants’ Court Documents and Allowing Limited Appearances for Such Attorneys, 92 Marq. L. Rev. 103 (2008).
  • E-Lawyering, the Dormant Commerce Clause & the ABA’s Current Choice of Ethics Law Rule: Why the Dormant Commerce Clause Invalidates Model Rule 8.5(b)(2) When Applied to Attorney Internet Representations of Clients, 15 Wm. & Mary Bill Rts. J. 587 (2006).
  • Allowing Another Policeman On the Information Superhighway: State Interests and Federalism on the Internet in the Face of the Dormant Commerce Clause, 17 BYU J. Pub. L. 191 (2003) (lead article).
  • Cover Me: The Effects of Attorney-Accountant Multidisciplinary Practice on the Protections of the Attorney-Client Privilege, 53 Baylor L. Rev. 33 (2001).
  • Note, Erasing the Law: The Implications of Settlements Conditioned Upon Vacatur or Reversal of Judgments, 50 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. 1229 (1993).


  • How to Explain What We Do and How We Do It: Talking to Your School’s Administration about Programmatic Improvements, 2013 ALWD Conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, June 28, 2013.
  • What We Can Learn about the Art of Persuasion from Candidate Abraham Lincoln, Guest Faculty Scholarship Presentation Series at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School, Atlanta, Georgia, February 1, 2012.
  • Using Past Students’ Mistakes to Help Your Current Students, 2011 Central States Regional Legal Writing Conference, Chicago, Illinois, September 17, 2011.
  • What Lincoln Can Teach Us About the Art of Persuasion, 2011 Southeast Regional Legal Writing Conference, Macon, Georgia, April 16, 2011.
  • Rule Proof, Rule Explanation, Rule Illustration Section – Whatever You Want to Call It, Students Need Help Doing It Well, and Here are Some Ways to Help Them, Empire State Legal Writing Conference, Hempstead, New York, May 14, 2010.
  • Using Examples of Past Student Writing to Improve Students’ Written Analysis, 2009 Southeast Regional Legal Writing Conference, Gulfport, Florida, September 12, 2009.
  • Techniques for Teaching Close Reading Skills to First-Year Law Students, 2005 Central States Regional Legal Writing Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana, September 24, 2005.
  • Exercises to Help Students Make Good Media and Resource Choices in Legal Research, Second Annual Great Lakes Legal Writing Consortium Conference, Dayton, Ohio, May 20, 2005.
  • Moderator, Multi-Jurisdictional Practice: A Panel Discussion, Ohio State Bar Association Convention, Dayton, Ohio, May 9, 2003.
  • Writing Assignments that Require Students to Engage in Sophisticated Reasoning and Analysis, 2001 Second Biennial Central Region Conference on the Teaching of Legal Research, Analysis and Writing, Chicago, Illinois, December 8, 2001.