Janis Walter is a Professor of Legal Studies at the University of Cincinnati. She holds a bachelor's degree in Political Science and a law degree from Salmon P. Chase College of Law. She is licensed to practice law in Kentucky and Ohio. Her emphasis in private practice was civil litigation and private adoptions. She currently coordinates and teaches in the ABA approved paralegal program at the University of Cincinnati, a position she has held since 1988. Ms. Walter was recently appointed as a Commissioner for the American Bar Associations Approval Commission. Prior to this appointment, she has served as the educational member of many site teams evaluating paralegal programs. Professor Walter is also an active member of the American Association for Paralegal Educators where she has developed model syllabus and served as editor of the Paralegal Educator. She has also presented at many different forums on topics ranging from teaching tips to handling adoptions. Her first book, The Ohio Courts, was published in 2006.
Roderick Blanchard has been a litigator for over twenty-five years. He previously taught civil litigation to paralegals at the University of Minnesota and is now a practicing attorney.
Bill Hart is a native of western North Carolina. Before retirement, he enjoyed a forty-year career largely devoted to human resource management, training and consulting. He is a student of regional history with a special interest in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. He served as a hiker/writer for Hiking Trails of the Smokies, published by the Great Smoky Mountain Association, and contributed a number of trail narratives to this publication. He has written two articles about renowned Japanese photographer George Masa, whose early photographs were influential in creating a desire to preserve the Great Smokies as a national park. These appeared in the first volume of May We All Remember Well and in the seventy-fifth-anniversary issue of Smokies Life magazine. He is a life member of the Great Smoky Mountains Association and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. In addition to hiking more than three thousand miles in the Great Smokies, Bill section-hiked the Appalachian Trail, completing it in 2002.