William Augustus Bootle Chair in Professionalism and Ethics
J.D., University of Chicago, 1983
M.A., University of Sussex, 1980
A.B., Washington University, 1979
Professor Longan is a nationally recognized leader in the field of legal ethics and professionalism. Among other positions he holds, Professor Longan is the director of the Mercer Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism and a member of the Georgia Chief Justice's Commission on Professionalism. He also serves on the State Bar of Georgia's Formal Advisory Opinion Board and its Disciplinary Rules and Procedures Committee. In 2018, the Supreme Court of Georgia appointed Professor Longan as one of twenty special masters who hear disciplinary cases involving lawyers in Georgia.
Professor Longan teaches Mercer's first year course on professionalism, the upper-level Law of Lawyering course, Jurisdiction and Judgments, and Judicial Field Placement. He received the 2005 National Award for Innovation and Excellence in Teaching Professionalism from the Conference of Chief Justices, the ABA Standing Committee on Professionalism, and the Burge Endowment for Legal Ethics. In his academic career, Professor Longan has also taught at Stetson University, the University of Florida, Southern Methodist University, the Charleston School of Law, John Marshall (Atlanta) Law School, and Georgia State University School of Law. Before entering law teaching, Professor Longan served as a law clerk to Senior United States District Judge Bernard M. Decker in Chicago and practiced law with the firm of Andrews & Kurth in Dallas, Texas.