Michael Speck is a legal professional and educator based in Oklahoma. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Philosophy from the University of Oklahoma, and a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from Southern Illinois University's School of Law.
With over a decade of experience in civil litigation in Oklahoma City, Michael gained invaluable practical insights into the role of paralegals in the justice system. His dedication to higher education extended to nine years of adjunct instruction at Rose State College, where he taught undergraduate courses in humanities and philosophy from 2002 to 2012. In January 2012, Michael joined Tulsa Community College as the Associate Professor & Coordinator of the Paralegal Studies Program,
Michael resides in Tulsa with his wife, Becky, and enjoys quality time with his son Taylor and his family, who live nearby. The family bonds over their shared interests, including their enthusiasm for gardening, a penchant for all things nerdy, their many dogs, and a shared love for Sooner football.
I've had the good fortune to work with and learn from talented paralegals during my decade-plus of practice. Thus, I had significant, first-hand experience with the value that a paralegal can bring to a law firm. However, as with many of my peers, I was only vaguely aware of the American Bar Association ("ABA") 's role in paralegal education.
Shortly after coming to TCC, I began the process of seeking ABA approval for the program. The ABA Guidelines for the Approval of Paralegal Programs were and are invaluable as a touchstone for shaping and managing a program that prepares paralegal students for the challenging and rewarding work ahead of them in their new careers. As a director of an ABA approved program, I am constantly seeking ways to improve the quality of the education that TCC provides to our students.
I've also been an active American Association for Paralegal Education ("AAfPE") member, where I've learned a great deal from my colleagues (and now friends). The opportunity to join the Approval Commission is a chance to serve the paralegal education community and learn more from talented and dedicated directors around the country.