Meet the Dean

As of September 2020

Matthew J. Wilson

Juris Doctor (J.D.)

Academic Leadership Experience

2020.9-present
Dean, Temple University, Japan Campus (Tokyo, Japan)
2019-2020
President, Missouri Western State University (MO, USA)
2016-2018
President of the University of Akron (OH, USA)
2014-2016
Law School Dean, University of Akron School of Law (OH, USA)
2011-2014
Law School Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Associate Dean of Student Affairs, University of Wyoming College of Law (WY, USA)
2004-2009
Senior Associate Dean/Associate Dean/General Counsel, Temple University, Japan Campus (Tokyo, Japan)
2003-2005
Law Program Director, Temple University, Japan Campus (Tokyo, Japan)

Faculty Experience

2014-2019
Professor, University of Akron School of Law
2009-2014
Professor, University of Wyoming College of Law
2003-2009
Associate Professor, Temple University Beasley School of Law
2010-2020
Visiting Professor, Kyung Hee University (S. Korea), Nagoya University (Nagoya, Japan), Kobe University (Kobe, Japan), and Henan University (China)

Education

1999
Temple University Beasley School of Law, Juris Doctor
1995
University of Utah, B.S. in Political Science
1995
University of Utah, B.S. in Asian Studies

Board and Other Memberships

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Florida Bar, January 2000 (Active)
  • New Jersey Bar, October 2001 (Voluntarily withdrawn due to inactivity)

Honors, Awards, Appointments, and Associations

  • Waymaker Award – Black Male Summit (2018)
  • NCAA esports working group – President representative (2018-present)
  • Outstanding Eagle Scout Award – National Eagle Scout Association (2018)
  • Inductee, Kappa Kappa Psi Band Fraternity (2018)
  • Honorary professor, Henan University (China) (2017)
  • Honoree, National Residence Hall Honorary (2017)
  • Inductee, Omnicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Fraternity (2017)
  • Board Member, Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education (2016-18)
  • Director, Akron Chamber of Commerce (2016-18)
  • Board Member, Akron Roundtable (2016-18)
  • Founder/Initial Chair/Committee, East Asian Law & Society Section of AALS (2013-16)
  • Evaluator, ALB Japan Law Awards (2011-present)
  • Jury Trial Advocacy Project Team, Japan Federation of Bar Associations (2005-2009)
  • Interviewer/Evaluator, Japan-U.S. Fulbright Program (2008, 2006)
  • Member, Asian Law & Society Association (2014-present)
  • Member, Law & Society Association
  • Member, Australian Network for Japanese Law (2010-present)
  • Member, Florida State Bar Association (1999-present)

Books and Book Chapters

  • “The Case for Adopting Civil Jury Trials in Japan,” forthcoming chapter in JURY TRIALS IN JAPAN (Nihon Hyoronsha 2020 published in Japanese)
  • “Seeking to Change Society Through Legal Reform in Japan,” chapter in CONTEMPORARY JAPAN (Second Edition Routledge) (2018)
  • “Japan’s Lay Judge System: Impact on the Judiciary and Society” in THE LEGAL PROCESS IN CONTEMPORARY JAPAN 『現代日本の法過程』(Shinzansha 2017)
  • JAPAN AND CIVIL JURY TRIALS: THE CONVERGENCE OF FORCES, Edward Elgar Publishing (August 2015). Primary author. Co-authors are Hiroshi Fukurai and Takashi Maruta
  • “Clinical Legal Education in Japan,” in WORLD DEVELOPMENTS IN CLINICAL LEGAL EDUCATION (Palgrave MacMillan) (2015)
  • “Seeking to Change Society Through Legal Reform in Japan,” chapter in CONTEMPORARY JAPAN (Routledge) (2013)
  • TRIAL ADVOCACY TECHNIQUES (2nd Edition), Chapter 2: Art of Trial Advocacy (Nihon Hyoronsha 2009). Published in Japanese as『法廷弁護技術』「第2章 法廷弁護技術の基本」(日本評論社 2009)
  • TRIAL ADVOCACY TECHNIQUES, Chapter 2: Art of Trial Advocacy (Nihon Hyoronsha 2007). Published in Japanese as『法廷弁護技術』「第2章 法廷弁護技術の基本」(日本評論社 2007)
  • GOVERNMENTS OF THE WORLD (Japan chapter), Macmillan Press (2005)