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Assistant Professor of the Practice
JD and International Law Certificate from Saint Louis University School of Law, magna cum laude, December 2006
BA summa cum laude from Concordia University, May 2000
Professor Campbell focuses on bringing the real-world into the classroom. He also focuses his scholarship and service efforts on the enhancing the nexus between practicing attorneys and scholars.
John teaches a variety of courses, including lawyering process, torts, evidence, and a live client appellate class. He also teaches internationally, including at Moscow State University.
John creates high-impact scholarship about mortgage issues, measuring written persuasion, and studying jury behavior. He recently won national recognition from the American College of Financial Service Lawyers, an ABA group. And his work on juries and other topics have appeared in a variety of journals, including the Iowa Law Review, the University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform, Brooklyn Law Review, and Catholic Law Review.
In order to bring his trial work and jury study work together to benefit the University, John co-founded and is the co-director of the Denver Empirical Justice Institute (DEJI) – an organization dedicated to promoting two fundamental ideas. They are 1) being a trial and appellate lawyer is a noble calling, and 2) empirical studies can inform and improve trial practice and the rules that impact it.
Impact beyond the University
In addition to his work at the University, John is an active trial and appellate lawyer (Of Counsel, Campbell Law LLC). As a trial and appellate lawyer he is ranked by SuperLawyer and Best Lawyers. He is also rated AV Preeminent on Martindale Hubbell, and has served as lead counsel in cases that resulted in total recoveries of over $300 million.
John also runs a jury consulting group (Empirical Jury), where he helps litigants assess their case, improve it, and then pick better juries. The firm uses online platforms, statistics, and lessons from big data to change the way attorneys prepare for trials.
- Countering the Plaintiff’s Anchor: Jury Simulations to Evaluate Damages Arguments, co-authored with Bernard Chao, Christopher Robertson and David Yokum, 101 Iowa Law Review 543 (2016).
- Where Kafka Reigns: A Call for Metamorphosis in Unlawful Detainer Law, ___U. Mich. J.L. Reform __ (forthcoming 2016).
- Employment Law Update: Dukes, Comcast, and Italian Colors: Three Decisions Dramatically Impacting Employment Class Actions, Henry Perritt, Chapter _ (forthcoming 2016).
- Can We Trust Trustees?: Proposals for Reducing Wrongful Foreclosures, 63 Cath U. L. Rev. 103 (2014).
- Mis-Concepcion: Why Cognitive Science Proves the Emperors Have No Robes, 79 Brook. L. Rev. 107 (2013).