Faulkner University

Dr. Marci Johns' Curriculum VITA

Contact Information

Address:Faulkner University
Criminal Justice & Legal Studies Department
Greer Hall
5345 Atlanta Highway
Montgomery, Alabama 36109
Office Phone:334-386-7304
E-mail:mjohns@faulkner.edu

Summary of Qualifications

  • Juris Doctorate, Thomas Goode Jones School of Law
  • Master of Public Administration, Auburn Montgomery
  • Admitted to Alabama State Bar, April 1999
  • Experience working with approval and accrediting associations including American bar Association and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Experience teaching undergraduate and graduate Criminal Justice and Legal Studies courses
  • Experience developing and implementing distance education courses
  • Experience in the civil, criminal, and appellate practice of law

 

Education

Juris Doctorate (1998), Thomas Goode Jones School of Law, Faulkner University.
Master of Public Administration (2008), Auburn University Montgomery.
Certification (1994) National Center for Paralegal Training, Atlanta, Georgia
Bachelors of Arts in History (1994), Auburn University Montgomery.

Specialization Areas

Legal: elder Law, Administrative Law, Estate planning, and Probate.
Education: Program Development & Assessment / Specialized Accreditation.

 

Current Experience

Professor and Director of Legal Studies, Criminal Justice & Legal Studies Department. Faulkner University. March 1999 to Present.

Description: Teach courses in Criminal Justice and Legal Studies. Responsible for successfully attaining American Bar Association approval of the Legal Studies AS and BS degrees. Major administration responsibilities currently include directing the Legal Studies Program and maintaining compliance with American Bar Association Guidelines. Perform other faculty duties such as student advisement and career guidance. Serve on faculty and university committees.

Previous Experience

Attorney, McCollum & Brown, L.L.C. August 2004 - October 2007.

Description: Predominate practice in the fields of elder law, probate, estate planning, and domestic relations.

Attorney, Pettus, Smith, Brown & Associates, L.L.C. August 1999 - August 2004.

Description: Predominate practice in the fields of elder law, probate, estate planning, and domestic relations.

Attorney, Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals, Judge James H. Fry. March 1999 - September 1999.

Description: Responsibilities included researching criminal law and drafting legal memoranda and opinions.

Law Clerk, Hawthorne, Hawthorne, & Vance. August 1997 - February 1999.

Description: Responsibilities included assisting attorneys throughout the civil litigation process. Following receipt of 3rd year practice license, was personally responsible for representing clients in civil litigation proceedings including settlement proceedings, trial, and appeal.

Paralegal, Regions Mortgage. November 1995 - July 1997.

Description: Responsibilities included monitoring bankruptcy cases and accounts involved in litigation. As an appointed member of the Quality Control Committee, was responsible for reviewing and implementing various bankruptcy and compliance procedures within the bankruptcy and foreclosure departments.

Paralegal, Shapiro & Swertfeger. Atlanta, Georgia. December 1994 - November 1995.

Description: Responsibilities included supervising all dispossessory actions, assisted attorney in preparing for hearings, preparing and filing of foreclosure documents, dispossessory, bankruptcy, and other general civil litigation pleadings.

Activities: University Service

Faulkner University

Chair, Leadership Team for Reaffirmation of SACS Accreditation, 2005 - Present.
Member, Scholar's Council, Faulkner University. 2004 - Present.
Chair, Institutional Review Board for Research. 2004 - Present.
Member, Strategic Planning Executive Committee. 2004 - Present.
Member, Retention Committee. 2002 -Present.

Activities: Community and Professional Services

Chair, Alabama State Bar Task Force on Allied Professionals. 2005 - Present.
Landmark Church of Christ. Active member. 1998 - present.
President of the Board of Directors, Wardrobe for Success. 2005 - 2007.
Member, Alabama State Bar Volunteer Lawyer's Program. 1998 - Present.

Activities: Professional Associations

Alabama State Bar
Federal Bar Association
Montgomery County Bar Association
American Association for Paralegal Education
Alabama Association of Legal Assistants
National Association of Legal Assistants

Publications and Presentations

Johns, Marci S., Elder Law Institute. NALA National Conference. Dates of presentation: July 15-17, 2010.

Johns, Marci S., Development and Assessment of Mission-Focused Service Learning Experiences in Paralegal Education Programs. Published in the October 2009 American Association for Paralegal Education National Conference Materials.

Johns, Marci S., The Use of Livetext in the Legal Studies Assessment Process. Published in the July 2009 Livetext National Conference Materials.

Johns, Marci S., Teaching Elder Law in Paralegal Programs. Published in the October 2008 American Association for Paralegal Education national conference materials.

Johns, Marci S., Mission Accomplished: Teaching to Your Mission in Christian Education. Published in the October 2008 American Association of Paralegal national conference materials.

Johns, Marci S., and Jayroe, Monica E., Technology in Paralegal Education. Published in the October 2007 American Association for Paralegal Education National conference materials.

Johns, Marci S., To Be or Not to Be... A Lawyer, that is! , Published in theAddendum, a monthly statewide publication of the Alabama State Bar, July 2006.

Johns, Marci S., Who's the Client Here Anyway?, published in theAddendum, a monthly statewide publication of the Alabama State Bar, August 2004.

Johns, Marci S., Pro Bono for Paralegals, published in West's Paralegal Today, 3rd. ed., 2004.

Johns, Marci S., DUI Law in Alabama: What is Actual Physical Control? Institute for Criminal Justice Education, on-line publication, <www.icje.org>.

Johns, Marci S., Civil Remedies for Crime Victims: Taking the Law Into Their Own Hands. Institute for Criminal Justice Education, on-line publication,<www.icje.org>.

Johns, Marci S., The Reformation of Attempting to Elude Police Laws: A Step Towards Deterrence. Institute for Criminal Justice Education, on-line publication, <www.icje.org>.

Johns, Marci S., Book review of Police Pursuits: What We Know(Geoffery P. Alpert, Dennis Jay Kenney, Roger G. Dunham, and William C. Smith; Police Executive Research Forum, Washington, DC 2000). Institute for Criminal Justice Education, on-line publication, <www.icje.org>.

Alabama Coalition on Welfare Fraud, November 2005. Gulf Shores, Alabama. Management Skills for Fraud Investigators.

Johns, Marci S., and Jayroe, Monica E., Effective use of Powerpoint in the Classroom. Published in the October 2005 American Association for Paralegal Education National Conference Materials.

Wetumpka, Alabama Police Department, April 2005. Wetumpka, Alabama."Fitness" for Law Enforcement Officers.

Prattville, Alabama Police Department, April 2005. Prattville, Alabama "Fitness" for Law Enforcement Officers.

Alabama Coalition on Welfare Fraud, November 2004. Gulf Shores, Alabama. "Fitness" for Fraud Investigators.

Christian College Admissions Counselors Conference, September 2004. Montgomery, Alabama. Utilizing Faculty in Recruiting Efforts.

Johns, Marci S. The Effect of Litigation Awards on the Medicaid Recipient. Published in the Alabama Association of Legal Assistants Mid-Winter Seminar Conference Materials, January 2004.

Graduate Courses Taught

Criminal Justice Writing

Undergraduate Courses Taught

Introduction to Criminal Justice, Introduction to Paralegalism, Constitutional Law, Special Issues in Criminal Justice, Probate Law, Family Law, Introduction to Legal Research, Computer Legal Research, Evidence for Paralegals.

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