Paralegal Studies


John Schlageter IIIJohn J. Schlageter, III, Esq., Program Director of the Legal Specialties Division and Paralegal Studies, Associate Lecturer. John a graduate of the University of Cincinnati (BA) and the University of Toledo, College of Law (JD).  After earning his degree in law, John was admitted to the Ohio and Michigan Bars, as well as the United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio and the United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan. John joined the law firm of  Shindler, Neff, Holmes, Schlageter & Mohler, LLP in 1998 and his main areas of practice include corporate, estate planning, personal injury, litigation, employment, and domestic relations law.  John is a member of the Toledo Bar Association, the Michigan State Bar Association and the Michigan Trial Lawyers’ Association.  John began teaching in UT’s Paralegal Studies Program in 1998 after law school and has taught a variety of classes including Litigation, Business Associations, Contracts, Law Practice Management, Civil Procedure, Introduction to Law and Trial Practice. He has also served as an assistant coach for the University of Toledo Mock Trial Team.

Kathleen ReedKathleen Mercer Reed, Esq. - Kathleen is a graduate of The University of Toledo, holding a Bachelor's of Science, and an Associate Degree in Legal Assisting. She received her Juris Doctor from the University of Toledo College of Law in May of 1993, and a member of the State Bar of Ohio. Her legal experience includes employment with Hallett & Hallett Law Offices of Wauseon, Ohio; with The Honorable Richard L. Speer, United States Bankruptcy Judge in Toledo, Ohio; and with the law firm of Nathan & Roberts in Toledo, Ohio. Since 1987, she has taught in such areas as Legal Research, Torts, Civil Procedure Introduction to Law, and Law Office Management.
SpirosMichael J. Spiros, Esq., is a graduate of The University of Toledo (B.B.A., 1969, J.D., 1972). He has been involved as a private practitioner with the law firm of Spiros and Stewart of Lambertville, Michigan, a for 22 years. His firm is a general private practice of law with an emphasis on probate and real estate cases. Since 1982, Associate Professor Spiros has taught courses such as Introduction to Legal Assisting, Advanced Legal Research, Introduction to Law and Family Law. Professor Spiros has overseen the installation of a computer network in his own practice, developed a case management software package and conducted several seminars dealing with pre-packaged law office software.

James TuschmanJames M. Tuschman received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Miami University of Ohio and his JD Degree from Ohio State University College of Law. Mr. Tuschman has been a trial lawyer for the past 45 years . He is a member of the Ohio and Toledo Bar Associations, Ohio Trial Lawyers Association, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. He has lectured nationally on various litigation topics including medical malpractice, and the art of trial advocacy.   Mr. Tuschman has practiced before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for both the Sixth and Seventh Circuit, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, the Ohio Supreme Court, various appellate district in the state of Ohio and various trial courts throughout the states of Ohio and Michigan.

Part Time Faculty


Ian Bradford English, Esq., was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio. He lives in Toledo with his wife, Vallie and their son. Ian is a graduate of the former Macomber-Whitney High School. He received an Associates Degree in Applied Science majoring in Legal Assisting in 1993 and a Bachelors Degree in Arts, Honors in Interdisciplinary Studies, from The University of Toledo in 1997. Ian received his Doctorate of jurisprudence from The University of Toledo, College of Law in 2000.  While in college, Ian worked as a bailiff for the Honorable Stephen A. Yarbrough and the Honorable James D. Jensen.  After graduation from law school, Ian joined the law firm of Calamunci, Groth, Joelson & Manore, practicing in the areas of criminal law, trademark, patent & cyber law.  In September of 2001, he joined the Lucas County Prosecutor's Office.  Since his appointment to the Prosecutor's Office, he has worked as an Assistant Lucas County Prosecutor under the leadership of Julia R. Bates.  During his employment, Ian has been responsible for the convictions of many offenders charged with crimes such as aggravated murder, aggravated burglary, rape, felonious assault, drug possession and trafficking, forgery, escape, and grand theft.
Carol LinkerCarol Wood Linker, Esq., is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University (B.B.A., 1977) and the University of Toledo (J.D., 1979). She has also completed all her course work toward a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration at the University of Toledo. She has been an attorney for the Lucas and Wood Counties Public Defender's Offices. While practicing law as a public defender she was also in private practice with James Atkinson and Associates. In 1982, she left the above practices to join Lourdes College in Sylvania, Ohio, as the chair of the Business Administration Department. In 1987, she joined the University of Toledo as an Associate Dean for Administration until 1997 when she joined the faculty of the University of Toledo's Legal Assisting Department. Associate Professor Linker has been associated with the following organizations: the City of Toledo Citizens Dispute Program as a mediator, the City of Toledo Board of Zoning Appeals, the City of Luna Pier, Planning Commission Member, a Lucas County Private Industry Council Board Member and presently an Executive Committee Board Member of Junior Achievement of Northwest Ohio.
Alan D. Mutchler, Esq., is a graduate of Oakland University (BA) and The University of Toledo (JD). He was an attorney with the Toledo Legal Aid Society for sixteen years during which time he supervised legal interns from The University of Toledo, College of Law and was Managing Attorney of the Civil Division. The Ohio Supreme Court selected him to serve on the Ohio Supreme Court Committee on Child Support Enforcement, to establish child support guidelines. These recommendations have since been adopted and are now part of the Ohio Revised Code. In 1995, he was appointed Magistrate of the Lucas County Court of Common Pleas, Domestic Relations Division. He has presented to local and state bar associations, state colleges and university (including Medical College of Ohio), professional associations, and the American Association for Paralegal Education. Magistrate Mutchler has served as an editorial consultant for legal textbooks. He began teaching in UT's Paralegal Studies Program in 1982. He has taught a variety of courses, including Administrative Law, Family Law, Introduction to Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution, and Clinic Experience
Nicole Spiros Tuori, Esq., received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Miami University in 1996 and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from The University of Toledo, College of Law in 1999. She has been an associate with the law firm of Spiros and Stewart of Lambertville, Michigan for 6 years where she litigates cases in domestic relations, criminal law, banking and juvenile law. Since becoming a part-time professor in 2004, Nicole has taught courses in Real Estate Transactions, Torts, Administrative Law and Contracts.


Michael G. Witko, Esq., became a part-time faculty member of the Undergraduate Legal Specialties Department in the Fall of 2003. He received his JD degree from The University of Toledo, College of Law in December of 1982. Michael was admitted to the Ohio Bar in 1983 and after 15 years of private practice with a major focus on family law, became an Administrative Hearing Officer with the Lucas County Child Support Enforcement Agency in 1998. He is a life long resident of the City of Toledo, and has two daughters Andrea, who attends BGSU and Amy now a student at UT.


Michael E. Hyrne, Esq., graduated from The University of Toledo, with honors in 1976 (BA) and The University of Toledo, College of Law, with honors in 1980 (JD). He served as Law Clerk to United States District Court Magistrate James G. Carr from 1980-1981. He joined the law firm of Doyle, Lewis and Warner, where he practiced law as an associate attorney from 1981-1988, and as a partner until 2003. His practice centered on insurance, product liability, and personal injury law. He is admitted to practice in Ohio, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. In 2003 he was appointed Curt Mediator for the Wood and Hancock County Common Pleas Courts. In this position he conducts mediations in: medical and professional liability; construction; product liability; personal injury; employment; worker's compensation; real estate; appropriations; domestic relations; probate; and juvenile court matters. He has also conducted governmental and public office mediations by appointment of the Ohio Supreme Court. He is a member of the Association for Conflict Resolution, Ohio Mediation Association and Mediation Association of Northwest Ohio. He has presented to local and regional bar associations, professional groups, the Paralegal Association of Northwest Ohio and the American Association for Paralegal Education. He began teaching in UT's Paralegal Studies Program in 1983. He has taught Civil Procedure, Tort Law, and Alternative Dispute Resolution. He has also served as an assistant coach for The University of Toledo Mock Trial Team.
Last Updated: 6/26/15