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In keeping with the international scope and scholarly nature of the Institute's mission, a highly knowledgeable and committed Board of Directors has been assembled to lead the organization. Each individual brings a wealth of experience and insights to the field of animal law, and their professional and educational credentials serve to enhance the stature of the Institute within the legal community and beyond.

  Carl R. Buck John H. Scheid, Jr.
  Robert E. Davy, Jr. Keith Louis West
  Lance D. Northcutt  


Carl R. Buck focuses his practice on commercial and contract litigation, zoning and school law. His clients include corporations, contractors, developers and individuals. Carl Buck joined Rathbun, Cservenyak & Kozol, LLC Law Firm in 1999 after working as a felony prosecutor for the Will County State’s Attorney. He became a firm partner in 2003 and works from the Plainfield office. After attending the Citadel Military College in Charleston, South Carolina, he served as a platoon leader in the 101st Airborne Division. Buck earned his Juris Doctorate from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago where he is now an adjunct professor in the Center for Trial Advocacy.


Robert E. Davy, Jr. is a noted attorney, author and lecturer with a wide range of trial, appellate and litigation experience. Now in private practice, Mr. Davy was formerly of counsel to the law firm of Lison & Griffin P.C., a member of Sloan & Associates, P.C. and Chief of the Antitrust Division in the Office of the Illinois Attorney General. He has published numerous journal articles and wrote several chapters in the textbook Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law. Mr. Davy received his B.A. degree from the University of Notre Dame and his J.D. degree from Loyola University of Chicago School of Law.


Lance D. Northcutt is the principal of the The Northcutt Firm, P.C. and an Adjunct Professor of Law at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. Lance developed a well-earned reputation as a tenacious and effective advocate early in his career working as an Assistant State’s Attorney for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office in Chicago. As a trial attorney in a busy private practice, he handles both civil and criminal matters, with a particular emphasis on complex commercial litigation, civil rights and white collar criminal defense. He represents clients in a wide range of matters in state and federal courts at both the trial and appellate levels, and in administrative proceedings. As an educator, Mr. Northcutt has a broad spectrum of experience teaching trial advocacy, evidence and litigation strategy in the United States and Ireland. As an Adjunct Professor of Law since 2005, he has taught trial advocacy to students and Irish barristers, and has served as a coach and mentor to countless mock trial team students at The John Marshall Law School and IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. In 2013, he was named Adjunct Professor of the Year and Outstanding Trial Team Coach at Chicago-Kent.


John H. Scheid, Jr. is a partner at Murphy & Hourihane, L.L.C. John has over fifteen years of trial and appellate experience representing clients primarily in the area of commercial litigation. John previously was a partner at Quinlan & Carroll, Ltd. He began his career as a law clerk to the Honorable Charles R. Norgle, Sr., a United States District Court Judge for the Northern District of Illinois. John is a member of the Chicago Bar Association and the Illinois State Bar Association. He is also a member of the state bar of Illinois and the Northern District of Illinois. John serves as a board member for the International Foundation for Ethical Research. He currently serves as an adjunct professor for the John Marshall Law School in its Trial Advocacy program. While at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, John received a B.A. degree in Philosophy and Economics in 1990. He received his J.D. from the John Marshall Law School cum laude in 1994.


Keith Louis West is a senior partner of West & Davé in Mundelein, Illinois, specializing in juvenile matters, family law, criminal matters, personal injury, commercial transactions and business litigation. In addition, he is advocate and vice president of Gifts from the Heart, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to serving needy children. Mr. West developed the Paralegal Litigation Program and has taught trial advice at Roosevelt University in Chicago. He received his B.A. degree from St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota and his J.D. degree from Loyola University of Chicago School of Law.


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