Professor Joseph Hummel is an Assistant Professor of Law and the Assistant Director of Legal Writing. He teaches Legal Writing I, Legal Writing II, and Legal Writing III courses. A Dallas native, Professor Hummel graduated from the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law in 2008. During law school, Professor Hummel served on the SMU International Law Review Association, where his law review comment was selected for publication in The International Lawyer, one of the most widely distributed U.S. international law reviews in the world. He also represented clients pro bono as a student attorney for the SMU civil legal clinic, served as a teaching assistant in the Legal Research Writing and Advocacy program, and studied comparative commercial law and the law of restitution at University College, Oxford. In 2005, Professor Hummel received his undergraduate degree in English with a minor in American Studies from Boston College. At Boston College, Professor Hummel graduated summa cum laude, was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and was a finalist for the Dean’s Scholarship.
Following graduation from law school, Professor Hummel practiced commercial litigation with the Texas law firm of Kane Russell Coleman & Logan PC, where he represented clients in matters involving breach of contract, financial services litigation, securities fraud, receiverships, oil and gas issues, real estate interests, partnership and fiduciary disputes, letters of credit, and software agreement disputes. He represented plaintiffs and defendants in federal and state court, as well as arbitration proceedings before the American Arbitration Association. Immediately prior to joining the College of Law, Professor Hummel served as in-house counsel for one of the country’s largest tax services firms. In that role, Professor Hummel managed the company’s outside litigation and advised senior executives, practice leaders, and other employees on litigation, dispute resolution, employment law, and risk mitigation practices.