Michael Gentithes joins Akron Law faculty


The University of Akron School of Law is pleased to announce that Michael Gentithes has accepted an offer to join the Akron Law faculty as assistant professor of law, beginning in July. His research focuses on constitutional law, criminal procedure, commercial law, jurisprudence, legal theory and evidence. At Akron Law, Gentithes will teach courses in criminal law and procedure and in legal research and writing.

His most recent article, "Justice Begins Before Trial: How to Nudge Inaccurate Pre-trial Rulings Using Behavioral Law & Economic Theory & Uniform Commercial Laws," is forthcoming in the William & Mary Law Review. Gentithes' articles also have been published in law reviews across the country, including the Georgia Law Review, Missouri Law Review, Tennessee Law Review, Virginia Journal of Social Policy & the Law, Review of Banking & Financial Law, and Willamette Law Review. He makes frequent presentations to bar associations on topics in constitutional law, criminal law and appellate practice.

Gentithes joined the faculty at Chicago-Kent College of Law as a visiting assistant professor of law in 2017. Previously, he was an adjunct professor at Loyola University Chicago School of Law and an assistant appellate defender in the Office of the State Appellate Defender of Illinois, where he briefed and argued more than 200 criminal appeals in state and federal courts representing indigent clients. Gentithes was also a judicial clerk on the Illinois Appellate Court, an assistant corporation counsel for the City of Chicago Law Department, and a litigation associate for Kraus & Zucklewski LLP.

He earned an LL.M. degree in legal theory at New York University School of Law. He earned a J.D. degree summa cum laude from DePaul University College of Law, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif and managing editor of the law review. Gentithes graduated magna cum laude from Colgate University, where he studied political science and philosophy. He is an avid swimmer and enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters.

“We are thrilled that Mike will be joining Akron Law,” said Christopher J. (C.J.) Peters, dean and C. Blake McDowell Jr. Professor of Law. “Many new law professors bring an extensive practice background, substantial teaching experience, or a strong scholarly publication record; Mike combines all three. In a short period of time, Mike has already made a name for himself with his thoughtful writing on criminal procedure, constitutional law and judicial decision-making. He is a star on the rise and a great fit for Akron Law.”


Media contact: Lisa Craig, 330-972-7429 or lmc91@uakron.edu.

Michael Gentithes

Michael Gentithes