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Myles Lynk

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Professor of Law
Faculty, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 9520
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Faculty, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 9520
Biography

Myles Lynk is the Peter Kiewit Foundation Professor of Law and the Legal Profession in Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University (“ASU”), a faculty fellow of the Center for Law, Science and Innovation and a member of ASU’s Academic Council.  He teaches legal ethics and professional responsibility, business organizations, corporate governance and civil procedure at the College of Law, and a law and literature seminar for undergraduate Barrett Honors College students.  Professor Lynk previously clerked for Judge Damon J. Keith on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, served on the White House Domestic Policy Staff and as a Special Assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare, and was a partner in the Washington, DC, office of a large multinational law firm.

At ASU, Professor Lynk also serves as a senior honor thesis director for Barrett, The Honors College, undergraduates, and is an affiliated faculty member in Justice and Social Inquiry at the School of Social Transformation of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.  In 2016-17 Professor Lynk was a Senior Fellow in ASU's Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics and used this opportunity to work on necessary updates to the Navajo Nation Bar Association's Rules of Professional Conduct.  In 2014 was a visiting fellow at Magdalene College, Cambridge, and a Visitor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Cambridge, England, where he studied the UK’s regulation of its legal profession as compared to evolving regulatory practices in the US.  In 2010, Professor Lynk was a Visiting Professor at the Duke University School of Law in Durham, NC.

ASU President Michael Crow appointed Professor Lynk to serve from 2004 to 2010 as ASU’s Faculty Athletics Representative to the NCAA and the Pac-10 (now Pac-12) Conference, working with ASU’s intercollegiate athletics department on matters involving student-athletes, the NCAA and the Conference. In 2005, President Crow appointed Professor Lynk to conduct the university’s investigation into safety and accountability issues arising from the off-campus fatal shooting of one student by another student.   The “Lynk Report” which resulted from the investigation led to significant improvements in safety measures at ASU.

In his national public service Professor Lynk applies his expertise and expands his experience in legal ethics through his service as Chair of the American Bar Association’s  (“ABA’s”) Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility (2014-2017) and of the ABA’s Standing Committee on Professional Discipline (2010-2013).  Professor Lynk’s work in bioethics has been enhanced through his prior service as: Chair of the ABA’s Special Committee on Bioethics and the Law, a member of the National Advisory Commission on Addiction Treatment of the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, and a member of the Phoenix Area Institutional Review Board of the U.S. Indian Health Service.  His expertise in civil procedure was recognized when he was appointed by Chief Justice William Rehnquist to two terms on the Civil Rules Advisory Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States.  Professor Lynk’s teaching in business law and corporate governance is informed by his participation in the Transatlantic Corporate Governance Dialogue, his leadership roles in the ABA’s Section of Business Law and his corporate work in private practice.  

Professor Lynk’s work in the academy has included a focus on the profession of law, and he has long been active in the organized bar.   He is a member of the American Law Institute, serves on the Board of Governors of the American Bar Association (ABA), and is a past chair of the ABA’s Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities (now Civil Rights and Social Justice), a past President of the District of Columbia Bar and a past national Chair of the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation. 

Professor Lynk is a recipient of Arizona State University’s Excellence in Diversity Award, the ASU College of Law Alumni Association’s Faculty of the Year Award, the American Bar Association’s Spirit of Excellence Award and Father Robert F. Drinan Award, the National Bar Association's President's Award, the Black Bar of Arizona's Excellence in Diversity Award and the State Bar of Arizona's Service to the Legal Profession Award.

 

Education
  • J.D., Harvard Law School (1976)
  • A.B., Harvard College (1971)

Admitted to the Bar:

State of New York, since 1977
Commonwealth of Massachusetts, since 1979
District of Columbia, since 1982

Institutional Review Board Certification: 

Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Human Research Certification; Basic Course & Elective Modules for Institutional Review Board Administrators and Members; U.S. Indian Health Service, Dept. of Health & Human Services, Institutional Review Board; CITI Human Research Certification; Basic Course 1 & Refresher Course 2 for Group 3 Institutional Review Board Members; Arizona State University Institutional Review Board.

Publications

BOOKS

  • Robert N. Clinton, Kevin Gover & Myles Lynk, Law and the Regulatory State (Arizona State University College of Law 2003).KF425 C54 2003
  • A Guide to the Protection of Human Research Subjects: Selected Resources (American Bar Association 2001).K3601 A12 A12 2001
  • Tom Willging & Myles Lynk, Special Masters and Court Appointed Experts: Incidence and Activity, Report to the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules and Its Subcommittee on Special Masters (Committee on Civil Rules 2000).KF8961 Z9 W55 2000
  • Myles Lynk & Michael R. Geroe, Preparing for '96 : a Guide to Federal Election Campaign Laws for Corporations and Individuals (Dewey Ballantine 1995).KF4920 L96 1995
  • Self-determination and Representation: the Participation of National Liberation Movements as Observers in the Work of the United Nations (Harvard University 1976).



ARTICLES



PRESENTATIONS

  • “Judicial Review of Congressional Legislation in the Supreme Court of the United States: Current Issues and Concerns,” , Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge, May 29, 2014.
  • “Whose Choice? Multijurisdictional Practice and the Ethics 20/20 Commission’s ‘Choice of Conflict of Interest Rule’ Amendment to the Model Rules,” , 2013 Symposium of the Miller-Becker Center for Professional Responsibility, University of Akron School of Law, Akron, OH, April 5, 2013.
  • “Rules and Their Consequences: Legal Ethics in Theory and Practice,” , Duke University School of Law, Durham, NC, March 4, 2013.
  • Legal Ethics and Sophocles’ Antigone, CLE Presentation in Legal Ethics, Arizona State University College of Law, CLE Program, Phoenix, Arizona, February 22, 2013.
  • Rules and Their Consequences: Legal Ethics in Theory and Practice, Duke University School of Law, Durham, North Carolina, March 4, 2013.
  • Leadership Lessons From Homer’s Iliad, State Bar of Arizona, Bar Leadership Institute, Phoenix, Arizona, May 18, 2012.
  • Moral Authority and Bar Leadership, State Bar of Arizona, Bar Leadership Institute, Phoenix, Arizona, October 19, 2012.
  • The ABA Model Rules for Lawyer Disciplinary Enforcement: A Look Back and Plans for the Future, 2012 ABA National Conference on Professional Responsibility, Boston, Massachusetts, May 31, 2012.
  • Arguments Against Permitting Advance Waivers of Lawyers’ Potential Conflicts of Interest Under Rule 1.7 of the Model Rules of Professional Conduct, Presentation to the ABA Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility, Tucson, Arizona, April, 2009.
  • Conflict or Community? The Rule of Law and the Role of Lawyers, Barrett, the Honors College, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, April 2009.
  • Legal Ethics, University Counsel and the Difficult Discrimination Claim, CLE Workshop for the National Association of College and University Attorneys, Tempe, Arizona, March, 2009.
  • The New Role of Corporate Governance – Transatlantic Corporate Governance Dialogue, Co-Sponsored by the European Corporate Governance Institute, Columbia University Law School & The Brookings Institution, New York, New York, September, 2009.
  • And Now for Plan B: Government Intervention, Corporate Governance and the Management of Risk by Financial Institutions in a Market Economy, Arizona State University College of Law, Tempe, Arizona, October 2008.
  • Choice and Opportunity: Black Lawyers and Corporate Law Firms, Arizona State University College of Law, Tempe, Arizona, October 2008.
  • Choice and Opportunity: Race, Politics and the Practice of Law: The impact of Barack Obama’s experiences as a lawyer and his candidacy for President on the Recruitment and Retention of African-American Lawyers in Majority Law Firms and Corporate Law Departments, ABA Section of Law Practice Management, Tucson, Arizona, October 2008.
  • The General Counsel’s Role in Corporate Governance, J. Reuben Clark Law Society International Conference, Arizona State University College of Law, Tempe, Arizona, February 15, 2008.
  • The Sub-Prime Mortgage Crisis: Lessons in Corporate Governance and Federal Regulation, Arizona State University College of Law, Tempe, Arizona, April 2008.
  • What Went Wrong? Ethical Issues and the Economic Crisis, Hillel Society Symposium, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, November 2008.
  • Corporate Directors and the Business Judgment Rule, Presentation to the Board of Directors of Dendreon Corporation, Scottsdale, Arizona, 2007.
  • Certain Provisions of The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, Corporate General Counsel Symposium, Phoenix, Arizona, 2003.
  • Legal Education and its Relevance to the Practice of Law, Cornell University Law School, Ithaca, New York, May 2002.
  • The Advocate's Search for Meaning: The Relationship Between Legal Education and the Practice of Law, Kiewit Foundation Lecture, Arizona State University College of Law, Tempe, Arizona, January 2001.
  • Representing Business Clients Before Federal Administrative Agencies: A Dual Relationship, Panel Presentation, "Law Practice Before Administrative Agencies: A Canada/U.S. Comparison," Committee on Counsel Responsibility, Section on Business Law, American Bar Association Annual Meeting, Toronto, Ontario, August 1998.
  • Tangled Loyalties: Conflicts of Interest in the Real World, Panelist, Fellows Seminar at the American Bar Foundation 42nd Annual Meeting, Nashville, Tennessee, January 31, 1998.
  • Medical Practice in a Managed Care Environment: Issues to Consider, National Medical Association Program in Continuing Medical Education, Chicago, Illinois, July 27, 1996.
  • The Impact of the New Federal Rules of Civil Procedure: Uniformity vs. Diversity Among the Federal District Courts, Developments in Commercial Litigation Seminar, National Bar Association Commercial Law Section, Washington, D.C., May 1, 1995.


 

Research Activity
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 654Business Organizations
LAW 691Seminar
LAW 781Independent Study
LAW 791Seminar
Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 781Independent Study
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 638Professional Responsibility
LAW 691Seminar
LAW 735Teaching Assistant
LAW 781Independent Study
LAW 791Seminar
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 638Professional Responsibility
LAW 654Business Organizations
LAW 781Independent Study
LAW 791Seminar
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 781Independent Study
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 638Professional Responsibility
LAW 691Seminar
LAW 791Seminar
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 638Professional Responsibility
LAW 654Business Organizations
LAW 781Independent Study
LAW 791Seminar
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 654Business Organizations
LAW 781Independent Study
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 494Special Topics
LAW 638Professional Responsibility
LAW 691Seminar
LAW 791Seminar
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 494Special Topics
LAW 654Business Organizations
LAW 781Independent Study
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 638Professional Responsibility
LAW 781Independent Study
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 602Civil Procedure II
LAW 691Seminar
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
JUS 494Special Topics
JUS 591Seminar
LAW 638Professional Responsibility
LAW 654Business Organizations
LAW 781Independent Study
LAW 791Seminar