About J. Michael Norwood
Professor Norwood centers his work in four general areas: clinical legal education, children's advocacy, technology law, and computer applications. Although he is now emeritus status, he still regularly teaches at the law school.
The primary focus of his clinical work is developing sustainable, community oriented law clinics. Professor Norwood's clinics bring a multidisciplinary approach to serving the unmet needs of underrepresented clients and groups. To this end, he has participated as principal investigator or consultant on numerous research grants that have supported this approach to clinical legal education. In his current clinical work he developed and teaches a child advocacy clinic that includes a multidisciplinary clinical component through a cooperative arrangement and strategic alliance with the pediatrics department at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine.
Professor Norwood's clinical work included service as the Reporter for the American Bar Association Task Force on Law Schools and the Profession: Narrowing the Gap. The Task Force's Report entitled Legal Education and Professional Development - An Educational Continuum is recognized as the major influence on recent developments in improved lawyering skills programs at ABA accredited law schools.
Professor Norwood's interest in children's advocacy stems from his clinical work with the University of New Mexico School of Medicine's FOCUS Project. The FOCUS Project is dedicated to the prevention of child abuse and neglect. The project provides extensive services to children at risk of abuse and neglect because they have been exposed to drugs or alcohol prior to birth or have been identified as living in high risk environments. Basic research and institutional reform regarding abuse and neglect issues are included as goals of the project, and he and his student were instrumental in the State of New Mexico adopting progressive legislation benefiting children being raised by grandparents or other relative caregivers.
Computer technology became a focal point for Professor Norwood's work during his term of service, from 1983 to 1992, as the Director of Clinical Programs at the University of New Mexico School of Law. Computer technology continues to be central to his research and teaching. His interest in computer technology includes both computer applications used by legal professionals and the law that governs the use of computers, especially Internet law. His work in computer technology includes service as the inaugural research scholar at the Centre for Computer Technology and Law at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland. He is also a member of Board of Directors of the Center for Computer Aided Legal Instruction (CALI) and is a past president of CALI.