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

Karin CobleKarin Coble, J.D., joined the College of Health and Human Services Paralegal faculty as a Lecturer in 2019, teaching Legal Research and Writing and a variety of other courses.  Karin is a licensed attorney in Ohio in private practice, with over 15 years of experience focusing almost exclusively on state court appeals, including cases before the Ohio Supreme Court.  From 2004 to 2010, she worked as a Staff Attorney to Judge William Skow at the Court of Appeals.  

Karin taught philosophy classes as a part-time instructor at the University of Toledo from 1999 to 2010, through law school and during her tenure at the Court of Appeals.  The courses included logic, critical thinking, ethics, and the history of philosophy.  After law school, Karin taught several courses in both philosophy of law and business ethics.

Karin has taught several Continuing Legal Education courses for a variety of groups, including the Toledo Women's Bar Association and the Ohio Association or Criminal Defense Lawyers. 
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

Ericka S. Parker, J.D., 

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: 6/27/22