This month, the NNA’s Legal Professionals Section covered topics such as unauthorized practice of law, attorney-client privilege and certification for paralegals. To deliver this level of industry-specific information to Notaries, the NNA has developed a distinguished Advisory Panel for each of its six Professional Sections. In this Advisor Spotlight, we introduce you to Notary law expert Michael Closen.
Michael Closen, Professor Emeritus at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Illinois, is one of the foremost experts on Notary law in the United States today. During his 35 years in the legal profession, he has served as a law professor, a practicing attorney, a prosecutor in the Cook County, Illinois, State Attorney’s office, and many other areas of the law. He has litigated numerous cases in state and federal trial and appellate courts in Illinois, and has served as an expert witness on Notary issues in a number of court cases. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Bradley University and his juris doctorate from the University of Illinois.
Closen is a leading instructor on Notary law and procedures. He has served as a Notary Public for more than 20 years, first in Illinois and then Florida, and co-authored the only law school textbook on Notary law and practice, along with 10 extensive law review articles about Notary law and many other published papers on Notary issues. He has taught Notary education programs in numerous states.
A respected consultant on model Notary statutes and legislation, Closen served on the drafting committees for the 1998 Notary Public Code of Professional Responsibility, the 2002 Model Notary Act, and the 2010 Model Notary Act. He was honored by the NNA with its March Fong Eu Achievement Award in 1998 and with its Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010.