John D. GorbyProfessor Emeritus
AB, Knox College
JD, University of Michigan Law School
The law's ability to apply principled methods of using state power to resolve human disputes in a fair, thoughtful, and honest manner motivated John Gorby to pursue a legal career. His interest in the role of power and injustice led him, after law school, to a German Exchange Fellowship and an assistantship with Professor Herman Mosler, a judge on the European Court of Human Rights and, later, Permanent Judge on the International Court of Justice.
Thereafter, Professor Gorby served as first assistant state's attorney for McHenry County, as public defender of McDonough County, as legal director of the AUL Legal Defense Fund, and as an environmental lawyer. In choosing to teach the law, Professor Gorby saw an opportunity to convey to future lawyers his love and passion for principled legal solution.
Professor Gorby joined the faculty in 1974. He teaches Constitutional Law, Evidence, and Philosophy of Law.
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