Title: Lawyer, Educator
Company: University of Kansas
Location: Pittsboro, North Carolina, United States
H. Rutherford Turnbull, III, Lawyer and Educator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in disability law and policy.
In his career, Mr. Turnbull has been an integral figure in helping clients in matters pertaining to disability law and policy, as well as educating the next generation of lawyers in an academic setting. Despite retiring and attaining the Distinguished Professor Emeritus title from the University of Kansas in 2015, Mr. Turnbull has remained active in lecturing, writing and consulting. He taught at the University of Kansas since 1980 and had previous experience in academia having taught at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1969 to 1980. Earlier in his career, he was an associate at Piper & Marbury (now DLA Piper), and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Roszel C. Thomsen and to the Honorable Emory H. Niles. Furthermore, Mr. Turnbull was a public policy fellow of the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation from 1987 to 1988.
Mr. Turnbull became involved in disability law because he found no moral compensation with the practice of commercial law. In addition, when his disabled son was born there were practically no rights for people with disabilities, so he turned his attention to creating and enforcing rights for people with disabilities. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from Johns Hopkins University in 1959 and continued at the University of Maryland to receive and LLB with honors in 1964. Following, he attended Harvard University, receiving an LLM in 1969. He has been recognized with numerous awards throughout his career, including the J.E.W. Wallin Award for Lifetime of Meritorious Service from the Council for Exceptional Children, the Distinguished Leadership from the University of Kansas, and the Century Award from the National Trust for Historical Preservation in Mental Retardation. Mr. Turnbull chaired the Disability Law Commission with the American Bar Association and was also professionally involved with the National Association of Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers, the Association for Persons with Severe Handicaps, the American Association on Mental Retardation, and the Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association among other institutions.
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