As a product of the civil rights movement, Ronald Charles Griffin witnessed people from all walks of life put their lives on the line so that their grandchildren would have opportunities they never did. Inspired by this sacrifice, Mr. Griffin pursued a career in law in order to do his part for the cause. He prepared for his career by obtaining a Bachelor of Science from the Hampton Institute (now Hampton University) in 1965. In 1968, he received a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Howard University and in 1974 he received a Master of Laws from the University of Virginia. Mr. Griffin was admitted to practice by the District of Columbia Bar in 1970, by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1973, and by the Kansas Bar Association in 1986. He began his career in 1970 as assistant corporation counsel for the government of Washington, D.C. After receiving his second law degree, he became an assistant professor of law at the University of Oregon from 1974 to 1978. He then joined the faculty at Washburn University in Topeka, KS, as an associate professor of law, eventually becoming a full professor and then an emeritus professor in 2011. Also in 2011, he became a professor of law at the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University College of Law.
In addition to his primary positions as a law educator, Mr. Griffin has also served as a visiting professor and scholar at the University of Notre Dame, the Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada, and the University of Ghana in Accra, Ghana. He has also served as an external examiner at the University of Limerick in Ireland, as the commissioner of the Kansas Continuing Legal Education Commission, and as director of the Great Plains region of the Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO) Inc. Mr. Griffin has also extended his expertise in the field as a contributor of articles to legal journals. Civically, Mr. Griffin served with the U.S. Army JAG Corps for four years. He has also served on the board of directors of the Midwest People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference, the Brown Foundation, and he was a delegate for the People to People ambassador program on global climate change and environmental science in China. In his spare time outside of work, Mr. Griffin enjoys writing poetry, walking, and running.
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