Director, Legal Clinic
Director, Appellate Review Office
Dean's Club Professor of Law
Professor of Clinical Education
J. Dean Carro has been with The University of Akron School of Law since he received his J.D. degree here in 1978. He is currently the Dean's Club Professor of Law, Professor of Clinical Education, Director of the Appellate Review Office and Director of the Legal Clinic. He received his B.A., cum laude, from State University of New York at New Paltz. Professor Carro teaches Clinical Seminar: Criminal Law, Appellate Advocacy, Trial Advocacy, and Criminal Procedure. His areas of research include prisoner civil rights actions, post-conviction (state and federal), criminal and appellate (state and federal). He is admitted to practice in Ohio and before the U.S. Supreme Court; the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio; and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit. In addition to being a past president of the Akron Bar Association (2007-08), his professional memberships include the Scanlon Inn of Court, American Bar Association, Ohio State Bar Association, American Arbitration Association, Federal Court Alternative Dispute Resolution Panel and Rules Advisory Committee, and Association of American Law Schools Committee on Clinical Education. Professor Carro was appointed to two magistrate judge re-appointment committees by Chief Judge Carr of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio and to chair one of the committees. He has appeared on two merit cases in the United States Supreme Court, as well as numerous merit cases in the Supreme Court of Ohio and the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Including over 125 oral arguments before various state Courts of Appeals, Professor Carro has presented over 175 appellate arguments. Professor Carro was presented with the 2009 OSBA Legal Education award and named an Ohio Super Lawyer for 2009, an award given to only 5 percent of lawyers in the state. He frequently presents CLEs to judges and attorneys and is a ready resource for the media.