Leslie C. Levin
Hugh Macgill Professor of Law
JD, Columbia Law School
BSJ, Northwestern University
Lawyers and the Legal Profession, Legal Ethics, Media Law, Evidence
Leslie Levin is an expert on the legal profession, ethical decisionmaking and lawyer regulation, subjects she has examined in numerous scholarly articles, book chapters and presentations, as well as in her role as co-editor (with Lynn Mather) of Lawyers in Practice: Ethical Decisionmaking in Context. She was the principal investigator on a study funded by the Law School Admissions Council of the predictive value of the bar’s character and fitness inquiry. A member of the UConn Law faculty since 1994, she also has taught at New York University School of Law and the University of Haifa (as a Fulbright Specialist) and served as a visiting research fellow at the University of Queensland. She has served as the Law School’s associate dean for academic affairs (2012-2014) and the associate dean for research and faculty development (2019-2020).
Professor Levin, a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and Columbia Law School, clerked for Judge Robert W. Sweet in the Southern District of New York. She subsequently practiced for fourteen years at Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler, where she represented media clients, engaged in commercial litigation and served on the firm’s Ethics Committee. She also served as secretary to the Committee on Professional and Judicial Ethics of the New York City Bar Association. She has served on the Connecticut Bar Association’s Task Force on the Future of the Legal Profession and on the Connecticut Joint Task Force on Attorney Trustee Accounts.
Professor Levin served as the first director of the Law School’s Lawyering Process Program and as the first faculty pro bono coordinator. At the request of the Connecticut Judicial Branch Access to Justice Commission, she co-authored a report and recommendations about access to justice for self-represented litigants. She currently serves on the Board of Connecticut Legal Services.