Paralegal Studies

Paralegal Studies Faculty

Schlageter2015John J. Schlageter, III, Esq., is a Senior Lecturer and the Program Director of the University of Toledo’s ABA-approved Paralegal Studies Program. Mr. Schlageter has experience working with paralegals, is knowledgeable about developments in paralegal education and committed to the education and utilization of paralegal services. Mr. Schlageter is 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 Stated District Court, Eastern District of Michigan. John has been a partner in local law firms and his main areas of practice have included corporate, estate planning, personal injury, litigation, employment, and domestic relations law. John is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, the Michigan State Bar Association, and the Michigan Trial Lawyers’ Association. John began teaching in UT’s Paralegal Studies Program in 1998 and has taught a variety of classes including Litigation, Business Associations, Contracts, Law Practice Management, Civil Procedure, Introduction to Law, Administrative Law, Mediation, and Mock Trial. In addition to arranging and monitoring internships, Mr. Schlageter has also served as a coach for the University of Toledo Mock Trial Team and an advisor for the Undergraduate Law Society. John completed forty hours of Mediation Training by the International Academy of Dispute Resolution in Des Moines, Iowa and met all other requirements to become an authorized Mediator of the Academy. John has also completed 40 hours of SCAO Approved Mediation training through the Institute of Continuing Legal Education’s General Civil Mediator Training. Along with Professors Henry Cheeseman and Kathleen Reed, John has co-authored two textbooks entitled Business Organizations for Paralegals and Contract Law for Paralegals.
Office Phone: 419.530.7748

Spiros web 2015Michael 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. 
Office Phone: 419.530.7732

Tuori 2015Nicole 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. 
Office Phone: 419.530.7745

Tuschman 2015

James M. Tuschman, Esq., received his Bachelor’s degree in Business from Miami University at Ohio and his JD degree from the Ohio State University College of Law. Mr. Tuschman has been a trial lawyer for the past 50 years. He is of counsel to the firm of Barkan and Robon, Ltd. He is a member of the Ohio and Toledo Bar Associations, the Ohio Trial Lawyers Association, the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and the National Alumni Council of the Ohio State College of Law. He has received national recognition by being listed in the Best Lawyers in America, his selection as a Fellow in the International Society of Barristers, and his selection as a member of the National Trial Lawyers (representing the top 100 trial lawyers in Ohio) and his inclusion on the 2013 and 2014 Ohio Super Lawyers list. He has lectured nationally on various topics including medical malpractice and the art of trial advocacy and has served as Chief Operating Officer of a multi-state litigation firm. Mr. Tuschman has practiced before the United States Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th and 7th Circuits, the Ohio Supreme Court and various federal and state trial courts. He has served as a member and chairman of the University Board of Trustees and as a member and chairman of the Ohio Board of Regents (both gubernatorial appointments). He now serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of the Toledo Lucas County Port Authority. He has used and trained paralegals throughout his entire litigation career.
Office Phone: 419.530.4676

Part Time Faculty

Hojnicki2015Mollie B. Hojnicki, Esq., graduated from The University of Toledo, College of Law in May, 2008. She received both Associate of Applied Business (AAB) degree in Paralegal Technology in 2002, and a BA in Political Science in 2003 from the University of Toledo.  Since 2008 she has been a partner in the law firm of Griffith & Hojnicki, Ltd. Her areas of practice include: criminal law, including criminal appeals; juvenile law; bankruptcy and bankruptcy litigation; domestic relations; small business representation; and general practice of law. Mollie has appeared in United States Bankruptcy Court; Ohio Supreme Court; Sixth District Court of Appeals; Lucas and Wood County Courts of Common Pleas; and various regional municipal courts. She is also responsible for training and supervising paralegals and other office staff. She is currently a part-time professor in the Paralegal Studies program. 

Mutchler 2015Alan 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 universities (UTMC), professional associations, and the American Association for Paralegal Education. Magistrate Mutchler has served as an editorial consultant for legal textbooks; is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA), Ohio Association of Magistrates (OAM), Paralegal Advisory Board, and served as a participant in the Ohio Supreme Court Domestic Relations Summit (2014). He began teaching in UT's Paralegal Studies Program in 1982 and has taught a variety of courses, including Administrative Law, Family Law, Introduction to Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution, and Clinic Experience.  
Last Updated: 8/20/15