Meet Linda Gosnell
The newest addition to the EKU Department of Government, Dr. Linda Gosnell, brings a wealth of experience to the Paralegal Studies program, and also the perspective of someone who, since the program’s start, has been training and supervising EKU paralegals. This week we sat down with Dr. Gosnell to learn more about her.
Dr. Gosnell is a native of Kentucky, but her education took her out of the state. She attended St. Louis University, where she says the Jesuits taught her to write well. Then she returned to University of Kentucky Law School for her JD. Right out of law school, she began as a litigator for a law firm in Houston, Texas. In 1977, she returned to Lexington to practice law, and in 2003 became the Chief Bar Counsel for the Kentucky Bar Association, an office responsible for investigating ethics complaints against Kentucky lawyers. As Bar Counsel, Dr. Gosnell led the disbarment proceedings against Stanley Chesley, 4 other lawyers, and the sitting judge in the case, all of whom had organized the theft of about half the $200 million Kentucky fen-phen class-action settlement money. Despite the prominence of the defendants, all were successfully removed from the practice of law.
Now at EKU, Dr. Gosnell focusses on teaching Litigation, Introduction to Law, and Legal Research and Writing (making use of the Jesuit education). In all of her classes, she emphasizes the ethical principles of the law and legal system. In addition to her years of experience, she also brings the practitioner’s eye to the class, teaching and grading students as they would be evaluated by practicing attorneys. As a lawyer in Lexington and counsel for the Bar, Dr. Gosnell has worked with many EKU paralegals, and knows what her students will need once they leave the classroom.
Dr. Gosnell says that students should get used to telling people what they are capable of doing. Paralegals especially are broadly trained and not everyone –not even all lawyers –knows the full extent of what an EKU paralegal can do. The same is true for all the Department of Government graduates. Students should get the best training and skills they can, and then let their future employers know about it. Students won’t be appreciated if no one knows their quality.
She also says that paralegal students should know that there is a big push in the legal community to expand access to legal services to more people, and that means paralegals will be allowed to do more as they work in the law. There are career opportunities for students willing to go after them.
The Department of Government is happy to have Dr. Gosnell in our department, and hopes that you, too, will come enjoy her classes and our department.
Published on October 16, 2013