Dr. Rud Turnbull
Co-Founder and Emeritus Distinguished Professor
Rud Turnbull is a non-practicing lawyer, policy researcher, teacher, consultant, advocate, and a self-described student of the human condition in policy contexts.
He is the Marianna and Ross Beach Distinguished Professor and in 2004-05 he was the Gene and Gretchen Budig Distinguished Teaching Professor in Special Education.
In the field of disability policy (exclusive of his other scholarship in policy), Rud is author or co-author of more than 300 publications.His writings cover 18 different issues of disability law and policy.
Rud has served as chairman of the board of trustees of the Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law; president, American Association on Mental Retardation; chairman, American Bar Association Commission on Disability Law; secretary, The Arc of the United States; and treasurer, The Association for Persons with Severe Disabilities.
His peers in the field of developmental disabilities and special education have described him as one of 36 people who, in the 20th Century, changed the course of history in mental retardation and, during the 19th and 20th Century, as one of the leaders of the field of special education. He is the recipient of national leadership awards from five disability-advocacy organizations. (American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disability; The International Council for Exceptional Children; The Arc of the United States; the National Association of Private Residential Facilities; Camphill Association of North America), and has received leadership awards from other national or regional associations.
LL.M., Harvard Law School, 1969
LL.B./J.D., The University of Maryland Law School, 1964 (Editor-in-Chief, Maryland Law Review)
B.A., Johns Hopkins University,1959, diploma (with academic honor)
Kent School, Kent, Connecticut, 1955