Athornia Steele

Athornia Steele

Adjunct Professor


B.A., Capital University, 1974
J.D., Capital University, 1977

Professor Steele served as the Dean of Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law School from 2008 to 2013. Prior to entering legal education in 1980, Professor Steele worked in the Charitable Foundations and Workers’ Compensation sections of the Office of the Ohio Attorney General. During his time in legal education he has served in various administrative positions including Director of Student Activities, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Interim Dean at Capital University Law School, and as Dean of the Shepard Broad Law Center from 2008 – 2013. Professor Steele was also a visiting faculty member at Washington and Lee University School of Law (1984-1986). While on the faculty of Capital University Law School, Professor Steele directed the 1991 CLEO Summer Institute for Region IV and directed and participated in the Law School’s academic support program.

Professor Steele has had extensive involvement in law related organizations most notably the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) where he currently serves as the Chair of the LSAC Board of Trustees. Over several years, he has been a member of the LSAC Board of Trustees and served on various LSAC committees and/or workgroups including the Academic Assistance Workshop Planning Subcommittee and the Test Development and Research, Finance and Legal, Audit, Investment, and Minority Affairs (now the Diversity Committee) Committees. He served on the Law School Administration Committee of the Section of Legal Education and Admission to the Bar of the American Bar Association. He was also a member of the Executive Committees of the Association of American Law School’s sections on Academic Support and Law Schools with Part-time Programs.

Professor Steele has a particular interest in governance issues of non-profit organizations. He has been extensively involved in governance with the Lutheran Church serving a six-year term on the national Church Council (equivalent to a board of trustees) of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and as a member of its executive committee and with other non-profit charitable organizations. Additionally, he was member of the ELCA’s Advisory Committee on Corporate Social Responsibility. During the height of apartheid in South Africa, he served on an ELCA committee considering the legal issues involved in divesting ELCA managed funds from companies doing business in South Africa.

Courses Taught

Business Associations (Agency, Partnerships, Corporations, and Limited Liability Companies), The Law of Corporate Finance, Securities Regulations, Comparative Corporate Governance, Decedents’ Estates, and the Law of Higher Education

Areas of Interest

  • Corporate Governance
  • Governance in Non-Profit/Charitable Organizations
  • Admissions and Pipeline to the Legal Profession
  • Academic Support
  • Issues Relating to Legal Education and Admission to the Bar

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