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Incoming 1Ls, Meet Your Professors: Jack Guttenberg

6/1/2020  - 

Professor Jack Guttenberg has been teaching law for more than 40 years. During that time he has taught clinical, simulation, and doctrinal courses predominantly focusing on litigation, criminal law, and the rules that govern the legal profession. During this time period he has also served as associate dean at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and dean here at Capital. Prior to law teaching and during his first five years of teaching, Professor Guttenberg served as a criminal defense lawyer representing clients in state and federal courts. 

In the Classroom…

What courses do you teach?
I teach first year Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure (about the rights of criminal suspects and defendants), Remedies (about what plaintiffs are entitled to when they win a case) and Professional Responsibility (about the rules governing lawyers).

What legal issue fascinates you?
I am fascinated by how language is so variable and the difficulties legislatures have with writing clear statutes and the trouble judges have with interpreting them.

When you were in Law School…

Where did you go to law school?
I started my legal education at Emory University and completed it at Wayne State University.

What was your fondest memory of being a 1L?
The great interactions and friendships that I had with my fellow students. Many of them remain friends to this day.

What was your scariest 1L memory?
Probably everyone’s two scariest moments – being called on in class for the first time and then getting first semester grades.

Your advice to incoming law students…

What should students do to prepare the summer before law school?
Get your life in order so that you can remove as many distractions in advance of starting school, then read good books, and have fun.

Your best piece of advice to prepare for first year?
Try to figure out how you learn. Look back on your undergraduate days and try to determine what classes came easy and that you did well in. Then try to figure out why. Knowing how you learn will help immensely during your first year.

Your Favorites…

What’s your favorite book?
East of Eden by John Steinbeck. It is one of the few books that I have read several times.

What’s your favorite movie?
I have two – Casablanca and Citizen Kayne – both great movies for very different reasons.

What’s your favorite local restaurant?
Barcelona – interesting food, great patio, and wonderful people.

For additional professor Q&A articles, see "Meet Your 1L Professors."