Mitchell M. Simon
Professor of Law
Prior to coming to the Pierce Law in 1988, Professor Simon was Litigation Director at New Hampshire Legal Assistance. He also served as Director of the Senior Citizens Law Project, and supervising attorney of the Health and Elder Law Clinic. In these roles, he argued many cases on behalf of low-income persons before the New Hampshire Supreme Court and the United States District Court and Circuit Courts.
Professor Simon chaired the New Hampshire Bar Association’s Ethics Committee from 1988-1993. He has been appointed by the New Hampshire Bar and New Hampshire Supreme Court to numerous committees, addressing legal ethical issues, such as the Rules Revision Committee and the Task Force on Legal Advertising .
Professor Simon teaches Torts, Fundamentals of Law Practice (a course he designed with Supreme Court Justice James Duggan), and Professional Responsibility. He is active nationally on issues of legal ethics, lawyer discipline and medical ethics. He also remains a highly respected, and active practitioner in these areas, a role he believes is critical to quality teaching.
“I decided to leave an active public interest law practice after 11 years because I wanted the opportunity to assist law students to acquire both the requisite skills to practice competently and an understanding of the social and political consequences of the way they choose to practice law. I look forward each day with great enthusiasm to class discussions regarding the critical legal issues we in society face. My goals for teaching are simple: help students to avoid the dumb practical mistakes I made, to build an analytical foundation for professional growth, and, to present issues confronting the sectors of our society which are often ignored by the legal profession.”
Professor Simon is the founder and former chair of UNH School of Law’s Teaching Effectiveness Committee. This program has been recognized as one of the most comprehensive efforts to improve teaching in any law school. His article on the program appears at 49 Journal of Legal Education 256 (1999).