C.A. Leedy Professor of Law
- Trial Practice
- Professional Responsibility
- Criminal Law and Procedure
- Famous Trials Seminar
AA (1978), Northland Community and Technical College
BA summa cum laude (1980), Dickinson State University
JD (1983), Stanford Law School
In law school, Professor Easton was Associate Managing Editor of the Stanford Law Review and president of the Stanford Law Forum. Prior to his teaching career, he was a law clerk to The Honorable Joseph T. Sneed of the United States Court of Appeals in San Francisco, Calif.; an associate and partner with the Pearce & Durick in Bismarck, N.D.; and the U.S. Attorney for the District of North Dakota in Fargo and Bismarck, N.D. He is the author of How to Win Jury Trials: Building Credibility with Judges and Jurors (ALI-ABA 1998)
, a handbook for trial attorneys.
Since joining the MU faculty in 1998, he has won several university and national teaching and writing awards, including the Pound Civil Justice Institute Richard S. Jacobson Award for Excellence in Teaching Trial Advocacy, the University of Missouriís William T. Kemper Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching, the American Inns of Court Warren E. Burger Writing Prize, the Law Schoolís Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP Excellence in Research Award and Mizzouís Excellence in Education and Golden Chalk Awards. He is a popular continuing legal education speaker who has been invited to speak to groups of practicing trial attorneys in dozens of states. His research, writing, and speaking focus on expert witnesses, effective trial advocacy, and professional responsibility (ethics).