J.D., 2002, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University
Professional Responsibility, Civil Procedure, and Federal Courts
Margaret Tarkington joined the faculty in the fall of 2011. Prior to joining the IU faculty, she taught for four years at the J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University, in Provo, Utah, where she received the SBA Award for Professor of the Year for First Year Courses. In 2010-2011, she was a Visiting Associate Professor of Law at the University of Cincinnati College of Law, where she taught Legal Ethics, Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, and Torts.
Professor Tarkington’s scholarly interests lie in professional responsibility, civil procedure, and federal courts. Her work in professional responsibility addresses the intersection of restrictions on attorney speech, the First Amendment, and the overall administration of justice. In an article forthcoming in the U.C. Davis Law Review , Professor Tarkington proposes a new methodology for analyzing the free speech rights of lawyers that works to preserve the essential role of attorneys in the U.S. justice system. Tarkington has also explored how the judicial punishment of attorney speech for impugning judicial integrity undermines the core purposes of the First Amendment and impedes protection of constitutional and legal rights to an unbiased and competent judiciary. Her work examining the right of lawyers to criticize the judiciary has been published in the Georgetown Law Journal , the Boston College Law Review , and the Review of Litigation. Tarkington is currently serving as a member of the Executive Committee of the AALS Professional Responsibility Section and is the Editor of the section’s newsletter.
A member of the Order of the Coif and a summa cum laude graduate of BYU’s J. Reuben Clark Law School, Professor Tarkington was also the Executive Editor of the law review. After graduating, she clerked for Judge Kenneth F. Ripple, United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, in South Bend, Indiana. She worked as an associate at Sommer Barnard in Indianapolis and at Wood Crapo in Salt Lake City.
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