Athornia SteeleDean & Professor of Law
EducationB.A., Capital University, 1974
J.D., Capital University, 1977
Professor Steele is a former Assistant Attorney General of the State of Ohio, and has been a member of the Capital University Law School faculty since 1980. From 1984 to 1986, he was a visiting professor at Washington & Lee Law School. Professor Steele has served as director of student activities (1987-1990), interim associate dean (1993-1994), associate dean (1997-2005) and interim dean (2003-2004). Professor Steele has been extensively involved in the work of his church serving on boards, committees and task forces of the former American Lutheran Church and the current Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA). His most recent involvement included a six-year term on the Churchwide Council of the ELCA and a member of its executive committee, membership on the Advisory Committees on Corporate Social Responsibility and the Offices of Personnel and Ecumenical Affairs. He has also served on the board of trustees of the Lutheran Academy (Faith and Life Forum) and the Trinity Lutheran Seminary, where he was a member of the Academic Affairs Committee. Currently, Professor Steele serves on the Board for the ELCA Foundation. Professor Steele has been and is currently active in the legal education community, particularly with respect to student issues. He directed the 1991 CLEO Summer Institute for Region IV and the Academic Success Program at Capital. Additionally, Professor Steele served on both national and regional planning committees for the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) Academic Support Workshops from 1993-2001. He also served on the Executive Committee of the Association of American Law School's Section on Academic Support. Professor Steele has been appointed to the Section of Legal Education and Admission to the Bar of the American Bar Association, Committee on Law School Administration for the 2004-2005 fiscal year. Professor Steele serves on the board of the LSAC and is a member of its Test Development and Research (TD&R) Committee. Prior to joining TD&R, Professor Steele was a member of the Minority Affairs and Finance and Legal Affairs committees of LSAC. He teaches Business Associations, Corporate Finance and Securities Regulations. He has a particular interest in governance issues of non-profit organizations.