Matthew J. Wilson
Title: Dean, School of Law
Dean Matthew J. Wilson joins us from the University of Wyoming College of Law where he served as Professor of Law, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Associate Dean of Student Affairs. He has 25 years of international experience in legal, business and educational matters in the United States, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, and the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Dean Wilson specializes in international business law, intellectual property law, commercial litigation, international dispute resolution, comparative law, and Japanese law. His publications include articles and books in both English and Japanese regarding jury trials, trial advocacy, cross-border litigation, and comparative law among other things.
Dean Wilson began his legal career as an associate at Akerman Senterfitt P.A. in Orlando, Florida. From 2001-2002, he served as general counsel at YPD.com/Advanced Telecommunication Network, Inc. before returning to Akerman as a senior associate. In 2003, he began his academic career at Temple University’s Japan Campus serving first as its Law Program Director and Associate Professor of Law, and then as its General Counsel, Associate Dean and Senior Associate Dean. During his time at Temple University’s campus in Tokyo, Dean Wilson oversaw academic, administrative, and legal matters related to all undergraduate, graduate, professional, and non-degree programs. He also implemented new marketing strategies, diversified curriculum offerings and modified program structures, which resulted in a nearly four-fold increase in enrollment and revenues in the Law Program in a six year period. During his time in Tokyo, Dean Wilson was appointed by the Japan Federation of Bar Associations to serve on its Jury Trial Advocacy Project Team (2005 – 2009) in conjunction with the adoption of quasi-jury trials in Japan. He also served as an interviewer and external evaluator for the Japan – U.S. Fulbright Program.
In 2009, Dean Wilson joined the University of Wyoming College of Law. From 2011 to 2014, he concurrently served as an international scholar at Kyung Hee University Law School. In this capacity, he developed a collaborative relationship with the University and taught international negotiations each summer at its campus in Seoul, South Korea.
Dean Wilson is a graduate of the University of Utah with a B.S. in Political Science and a B.A. in Asian Studies and holds a J.D from Temple University School of Law.
- Japan and Civil Jury Trials: The Convergence of Forces (Edward Elgar Publishing 2015) (forthcoming)
- Clinical Legal Education in Japan, in World Developments in Clinical Legal Education (Palgrave MacMillan 2015) (forthcoming)
- Importance, Functions, and Role of the American Civil Jury Trial System and Related U.S. Supreme Court Cases, Japanese J. of Am. L. (2014)
- Prime Time for Japan to Take Another Step Forward in Lay Participation: Exploring Expansion to Civil Trials, 46 Akron L. Rev. 641 (2013)
- Seeking to Change Society Through Legal Reform in Japan, in Contemporary Japan (Routledge 2013)
- Improving the Process: Transnational Litigation and the Application of Private Foreign Law in U.S. Courts, 45 N.Y.U. J. Int'l L. & Pol. 1111 (2013)
- E-Elections: Law in Asia & Online Political Activities, 12 Wyo. L. Rev. 238 (2012)
- Demystifying the Determination of Foreign Law in U.S. Courts: Opening the Door to a Greater Global Understanding, 46 Wake Forest L. Rev. 887 (2011)
- E-Elections: Time for Japan to Embrace Online Campaigning, 2011 Stan. Tech. L. Rev. 4 (2011)
- Reducing Legal Risks: Online Commerce, Information Security, and the World, 33 Wyoming Lawyer 24 (Oct. 2010)
- U.S. Law School Education Methods and Ideals: Application to the Japanese and Korean Systems, 18 Cardozo J. of Int'l & Comp. L. 295 (2011)
- Japan's New Criminal Jury Trial System: In Need of More Transparency, More Access, and More Time, 33 Fordham Int'l L.J. 487 (2010)
- U.S. Law School Education Methods and Ideals: Application to the Japanese and Korean Systems, Kyung Hee U. L.J. (2009)
- Art of Trial Advocacy, in Trial Advocacy Techniques (Nihon Hyoronsha 2nd ed. 2009)
- Foreword: Keys for Japanese Corporate Legal Departments to Respond to Globalization, Bus. L.J. (Lexis-Nexis Aug. 2008)
- The Dawn of Criminal Jury Trials in Japan: Success on the Horizon?, 24 Wis. Int'l L.J. 835 (2007)
- Art of Trial Advocacy, in Trial Advocacy Techniques (Nihon Hyoronsha 2007)
- Effective Advocacy: The Dawn of Criminal Jury Trials in Japan, Liberty & Justice (Jiyu to Seigi) (Japan Fed'n of Bar Ass'n May 2006)
- Failed Attempt to Undermine the Third Wave: Attorney Fee Shifting Movement in Japan, 19 Emory Int'l L. Rev. 1457 (2005)
- Japan, in Governments of the World (Macmillan Press 2005)
- Report Concerning Attorney Fee Shifting to Non-Prevailing Litigants - Essence of Fee Shifting and Invalidating Unreasonable Attorney Fee Agreements under U.S. Law - Dangers of Allowing Fee Shifting Agreements, Liberty & Justice (Jiyu to Seigi) (Japan Fed'n of Bar Ass'n Oct. 2004)
- Civil Litigation: Dangers of Shifting Attorneys' Fees to Non-Prevailing Parties, Asahi Shinbun Oct. 2, 2004, at 10
- Investigative Report on Attorney Fees Shifting in the U.S.. Presented to Japanese Diet members (co-authored with Satomi Ushijima)
- Skills-Based Legal Education: The Next "Tsunami" in Japan, E-Toransu (June 2004)