Dean Emens received a B.S. degree from the University of North Alabama in 1973 and M.B.A. and J.D. degrees from The University of Alabama in 1976. From 1976 to 1979, Dean Emens was managing attorney for the Alabama Legal Services System. In 1980, he joined the Law School's clinical program as deputy director. He served as the director from 1983 to 1997. As an expert in clinical education, he has been a member of ABA accreditation teams. In 1984, Dean Emens began serving as director of the Alabama Bar Institute for Continuing Legal Education and has served on the board of directors of the Association of Continuing Legal Education Administrators. In 1995 he became professor of clinical instruction. He teaches in the areas of trial advocacy, evidence, interviewing, and counseling. He is on the faculty of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, the faculty of the Legal Services Corporation's national training program, and a member of the Alabama Defense Lawyers Trial Academy, and speaks regularly in the area of trial advocacy. Professor Emens is the faculty adviser and coach for the Law School's intercollegiate trial teams.