Emeritus Clinical Professor Maury S. Landsman was the first Director of the Lawyering Skills Program in 1997. From 2003-2007 he served as the Law School's Director of Clinics and Skills. He was the 2003-2005 Vaughan Papke Clinical Professor.
Professor Landsman is recognized for his work in clinical education, pre-trial skills, professional responsibility and judicial ethics. He has taught courses in pre-trial skills, professional responsibility, the Workers' Rights Clinic and the Civil Practice Clinic.
Professor Landsman received a B.A. degree, with distinction, from George Washington University, an M.Phil. degree from Yale University, and a J.D. degree, magna cum laude, from William Mitchell College of Law. Before attending law school, he taught philosophy for five years at Carleton College. After receiving his J.D. degree in 1977, he clerked for Justice Lawrence Yetka of the Minnesota Supreme Court. He then practiced law for three years as an associate with the firm of Robins, Zelle, Larson & Kaplan in St. Paul, Minnesota, before becoming a partner in the law firm of Kampf, Orey, Landsman & Zerby.
Professor Landsman joined the clinical faculty of the University of Minnesota Law School in 1986. He became an Emeritus Clinical Professor in 2008. Professor Landsman has taught at the Universitë, Jean Moulin in Lyon, France; as a Visiting Professor in Uppsala, Sweden; and as an Adjunct Professor at William Mitchell College of Law. He has served as an arbitrator under the Minnesota No-Fault Act and in the Hennepin County District Court. Professor Landsman is a member of the American Bar Association. He formerly served on the Hennepin County Bar Association Ethics and Professionalism Committees. He served for five years on the Minnesota State Bar Association Rules of Professional Conduct committee. He has served as Chair of the Anoka Metro Regional Treatment Review Board, and was a lead instructor for the Minnesota Advocacy Institute and has been a frequent lecturer on legal and judicial ethics and bias issues. Through funding provided by the W.M. Keck Foundation, Professor Landsman helped Professor Steve Simon develop training for judges in the ethical dimensions of courtroom management. Professor Landsman has acted as a consultant on judicial ethics for a number of organizations including the Minnesota Office of Administrative Hearings and the National Center for State Courts.