Dean and Professor of Law


Dean Cleveland is a classically-trained educator, an experienced litigator, and an accomplished scholar. A leader in the national legal writing community and an active member in both the Legal Writing Institute (LWI) and the Association of Legal Writing Directors (ALWD), Professor Cleveland teaches professional ethics and legal writing courses, and his scholarship is primarily in the field of federal court practice and reform. Dean Cleveland is a devoted advisor to students, often serving as academic advisor and as a supervising professor for independent scholarly research. He recently completed a nine-year stint as faculty advisor for International Moot Court Society/Jessup. Prior to joining the Valparaiso University Law School, Dean Cleveland was a full Professor of Law at Nova Southeastern University, where he taught Legal Writing, Professional Responsibility, and a variety of Masters of Law courses. Before entering academia, Dean Cleveland practiced general litigation with Miller Johnson in Grand Rapids, Michigan. There, he handled a variety of litigation matters including complex commercial litigation, bankruptcy litigation, personal injury, criminal defense and white-collar criminal defense, and employment discrimination matters. He is a member of the Michigan, Western District of Michigan, and Sixth Circuit Bars. He is also admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.