Michael Gentithes

Michael Gentithes

Title: Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Associate Professor of Law
Office: Room 105 C. Blake McDowell Law Building
Phone: 330-972-7356
Email: gentithes@uakron.edu
SSRN: https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/cf_dev/AbsByAuth.cfm?per_id=1585411
Selected Works - bepress: https://works.bepress.com/michael_gentithes/
Curriculum Vitae: Download in PDF format


Dean Gentithes joined the Akron faculty in 2019. Previously, he was a visiting assistant professor at Chicago-Kent College of Law and an adjunct professor at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. Dean Gentithes practiced as an assistant appellate defender in the Office of the State Appellate Defender, where he represented indigent clients in criminal appeals throughout Illinois. Dean 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.

Dean Gentithes's teaching and research focuses on criminal procedure, constitutional law, legal theory, and legal research and writing. He has published more than 25 articles in law reviews across the country, including the Georgetown Law Journal, Boston College Law Review, Iowa Law Review, Georgia Law Review, University of Illinois Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law, Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law ReviewWilliam & Mary Law Review, and Tennessee Law Review. He also makes frequent presentations to bar associations on topics in constitutional law, criminal law, and appellate practice. Dean Gentithes was voted Outstanding Professor of the Year in 2022 and 2023. Dean Gentithes was elected Chair of the Criminal Procedure Section of the American Association of Law Schools in September of 2022

Dean Gentithes earned an LL.M. degree in legal theory from New York University School of Law, his J.D. degree from DePaul University College of Law, and his B.A. from Colgate University. He was born and raised in Warren, Ohio, is an avid swimmer, and enjoys spending time with his wife and four daughters.


  • LL.M., New York University School of Law
  • J.D., DePaul University College of Law
  • B.A., Colgate University