Joan Bullock

Professor of Law

Professor Joan R.M. Bullock, J.D., MBA, CPA, is an inaugural faculty member at the Florida A&M University College of Law. She teaches Contracts, Sales, Secured Transactions, Payment Systems, Business Organizations, Federal Income Tax, Professional Responsibility, Law Office Management, and Accounting for Lawyers. Prior to coming to Orlando, Professor Bullock was a tenured professor at the University of Toledo College of Law and has also taught at Georgia State University College of Law.

In addition to her teaching career, she is a member of the Michigan Bar and has practiced before the United States Tax Court. Professor Bullock has assisted many start-up enterprises, including law firms, providing legal, accounting, tax, and general business services. Prior to teaching, Professor Bullock worked as a certified public accountant for the Detroit office of Coopers & Lybrand. There, she practiced in the areas of corporate tax, mergers and acquisitions, and valuation.

Professor Bullock currently serves as the immediate past Chair of the American Bar Association’s Law Practice Division (formerly the ABA Law Practice Management Section). Additionally, she serves as the Division’s liaison to the ABA Council for Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Educational Pipeline and is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation. She is an affiliate member of the Florida Bar serving on the CLE Committee and as FAMU’s liaison to the Business Law Section.

Professor Bullock is a strong proponent of law firm leadership doing the requisite due diligence for initiating transformational change for the success of their firms. Her expertise in law firm management has been called upon to assist firms in making the strategic changes necessary for achieving growth in the new economy.

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Courses taught by Dean Bullock:

  • Accounting for Lawyers
  • Business Organizations
  • Contracts
  • Federal Income Tax
  • Law Office Management
  • Payment Systems
  • Professional Responsibility
  • Sales
  • Secured Transactions


  • Professor Bullock published Characteristics of a Troubled Firm in the May 2017 issue of the ABA Law Practice Division webzine, Law Practice Today.  It can be accessed at  As a backdrop, Professor Bullock highlights some of the accounting-related misconduct that resulted in the former CFO of Dewey & LeBoeuf being found guilty of felony fraud and misdemeanor conspiracy on May 8th.
  • Professor Bullock presented “Creating and Maintaining a Secure Environment” in conjunction with a presentation on “The Paperless Office” by Debbie Foster of Affinity Consulting to members of the Central Florida Family Law American Inn of Court on Monday, February 13, 2017.

  • Professor Bullock moderated the panel discussion, “Build Your Legal Career and Brand” at the University of Miami School of Law on Thursday, February 2, 2017.  The program was sponsored by the ABA Section of Science and Technology Law, the ABA Young Lawyers Division, and the ABA Miami Law Students. A flyer of the event is attached.
  • Professor Bullock also attended the 13th Annual Minority Picnic at the Amelia Earhart Park in Miami on Saturday, February 4, 2017.  Approximately 30 FAMU law students and several FAMU alumni were in attendance.


  • Associate Dean Bullock has been appointed to the Law Firm Finance Committee and the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the ABA Law Practice Division for the 2016-17 bar year.

  • Associate Dean Bullock published, “Managing Debt for the New Lawyer” in the September/October annual finance issue of Law Practice, published by the ABA Law Practice Division.  The link to Dean Bullock’s article can be accessed below. 

    Access the Article Here

  • Associate Dean Joan Bullock moderated the panel, “Workshop on Legal Education: Preparing Students for Solo and Small Firm Practice” on August 8th at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) 2016 Annual Conference at Amelia Island, Florida.

  • Associate Dean Joan Bullock has been appointed by ABA President-Elect Linda Klein to the ABA Council for Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Education Pipeline (Pipeline Council).  The Pipeline Council  works to increase the number of diverse students who are on track to becoming lawyers; acts as a think-tank and programmatic incubator for activities that foster a more diverse educational pipeline into the legal profession; and provides the forum for key stakeholders to address particular issues and build networks for change in our educational systems and the legal profession.

  • The Black Law Students Association at the College of Law presented the 2016 Spirit of Service Award to Ohio attorney Robert Furnier for his work with LexSchola and the ABA Law Practice Division in making the inaugural Talk2Ten event a success.  

    Talk2Ten is an initiative created and spearheaded by former ABA Law Practice Division chair and Associate Dean Joan Bullock and Robert Furnier, current chair of the ABA Law Practice Division Diversity and Inclusion Committee.  Talk2Ten is an HBCU law school online event designed to introduce the legal profession to the six HBCU law schools and their students. To accomplish this goal, lawyers from participating law firms and corporate legal departments were asked to spend 15 – 30 minutes in a one-on-one video conference with an HBCU law student during the one-week period of the event, which kicked off on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (January 18, 2016).

    The web conference was free to all participants, including the organizations participating in the event, and took place on The site had profiles of all participating law students, who created their profiles with an eye to showcasing their personal “brands,” and had a video-conferencing tool to facilitate the web meeting. Preceding the event in January, the ABA Law Practice Division profiled Talk2Ten in the online article “HBCU Law Schools: An Overlooked Resource in the Diversity Pipeline”  which went out to the entire ABA membership and dozens of law schools and bar associations.  The article encouraged the legal profession to look to the often ignored HBCU law schools as a pipeline for diverse talent.  ABA President Paulette Brown added to the excitement preceding the event when she became the first lawyer participant to video-conference an HBCU law student from North Carolina Central Law School ahead of the Martin Luther King, Jr Day kickoff.  

    Talk2Ten was by all accounts very successful and extended beyond the planned one-week period. The ABA Law Practice Division and Young Lawyers Division co-sponsored the event along with the National Association of Minority & Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF) and the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession (IILP).

  • Associate Dean Joan Bullock presented from her book, “How to Achieve Success After the Bar Exam:  A Step-by-Step Action Plan” to students at the University of San Diego School of Law on Friday, February 5, 2016.  The event was sponsored by the ABA Law Practice Division and the University of San Diego School of Law Office of Career and Professional Development.


  • Associate Dean Joan Bullock moderated the ABA webinar, “Mandatory Accrual Accounting for Law Firms: Tax Reform or Impending Storm?” on Monday, December 14, 2015.  The webinar was presented to over 1,600 attendees and focused on the proposed tax reform legislation that would impose substantial new financial burdens and hardships on many law firms and other types of professional services firms.  This draft legislation would require all such firms with annual gross receipts over $10 million to use the accrual method of accounting rather than the traditional modified cash receipts and disbursements method.  Presenters were Larson Frisby, Associate Director, Governmental Affairs Office for the American Bar Association, David Gaulin, Law Firm Services Leader at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, and Gary Pogharian, National Tax Leader, Law Firm Services, at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.

  • Associate Dean Joan Bullock served on an expert panel comprised of lawyers and law practice professionals discussing the future of the practice of law.  The program, “Imagineering the Future Law Office: Disney Keynote and Expert Panel Discussion,” was sponsored by the ABA Law Practice Division and took place Friday, June 5, 2015 at the Disney Boardwalk Inn.
  • Associate Dean Joan Bullock whose proposal, “Counting the Costs: Ramifications of Dismissing the Business Case for Diversity and Inclusion and What to Do About It” was chosen as an ABA Presidential Showcase CLE Program for the 2015 ABA Annual Meeting.  Associate Dean Bullock put together the panel comprised of Emery Harlan, chair of the Wisconsin law firm of Gonzalez Saggio & Harlan, the largest minority-owned law firm in the country and the co-founder of the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF);John Mitchell, Chair-elect of the ABA Law Practice Division and an executive coach at KM Advisors, LLC;  Wendy Shiba, retired, former Executive VP, General Counsel and Secretary of KB Home in Los Angeles, CA; and Joseph West, President and CEO of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA).

    The CLE program was held August 1 in Chicago.    An article regarding the program can be accessed here: 

    Associate Dean Bullock was also the issue editor for the annual Diversity issue of the ABA Law Practice Division webzine, Law Practice Today.  This issue, published in July, can be accessed here:

  • Associate Dean Joan Bullock moderated the webinar, “Implicit Bias 101: What Every Lawyer Should Know.”  This webinar, with primary sponsorship by the ABA Science and Technology Section, had an expert panel that included ABA President Paulette Brown.

    Additional information regarding the webinar, including the opportunity to purchase a copy of the recording, can be accessed here:



  • “Strategic Planning for Law Firms,”  Florida A&M University College of Law, upcoming, November 22, 2013.
  • “Ethics & Technology in Today’s Practice of Law,”  The 16th Annual Conference Land Use Law, Tampa, FL, August, 2013.
  • “How to Control Your Business Instead of Having Your Business Control You,” Orange County Bar Association, Orlando, FL, July 2013
  • “The Ethics Game” 2013 Black Executive Exchange Program, Orlando, FL, June 2013.
  • “Basics of Accounting for Lawyers,” ABA 2013 Minority Counsel Program, Chicago, IL, May 2013.
  • “Business Development Through Building Your Brand,” ABA National Conference for Minority Lawyers, Chicago, IL, May 2013.
  • “Challenges and Opportunities for Diverse 21st Century Lawyers: Ethical Considerations of Emerging Practice Models,” ABA National Conference for Minority Lawyers, Chicago, IL, May 2013.
  • “The 21st Century Lawyer: Ethical Issues for the Real Estate Attorney,” The 49th Annual Fund Assembly, Orlando, FL, May 2013.
  • “Dollars and Sense: Trust Accounting Using Technology,” Florida A&M University College of Law, Orlando, FL, March 2013.
  • “What’s Holding You Back: Preparing for the Growth of Your Practice,” Avvo Webinar, March 2013.
  • “Networking and Strategic Relationships–Gaining Access to Key People and Resources,” Ark, Women Legal 2013, San Francisco, CA, January 2013.
  • “Strategic and Ethical Business Development for Lawyers,” Florida A&M University College of Law, September 2012.
  • “The Business of the Practice,” The Reformed Law ProfSM, St. Thomas University School of Law, Miami, FL, March 2012.
  •  “The Business Case for Diversity,” ABA New Partner and In-House Counsel Conference, Philadelphia, PA, March 2012.
  • “Marketing for Lawyers and Law Firms Series,” The Reformed Law ProfSM, Orlando, FL, 2010 – present.
  • “Communication Skills for Attorneys,” Florida A&M University College of Law, November 2011.
  • “Finding Your Voice: Common Habits of Successful Businesses,” Strategic Relationship Building Networking Group, Lake Mary, FL, September 2011.
  • “Ethical Considerations in Creating a Culture of Diversity in Law Firms,” Orange County Bar Association, Orlando, FL, August 2011.
  • “Fundamentals of Law Practice Management” ABA, Dubai, Sharjah, Qatar, UAE, May 2011.
  • “What Law School Didn’t Teach You: Self-Advocacy for Survival and Sustainability,” ABA-CLE, ABA Law Practice Management, Spring 2010 Meeting, Las Vegas, NV, April 2010.
  • “How to Keep Your License While Practicing Law,” The University of Toledo College of Law, Toledo, OH, April 2010.
  • “Ethics of a Solo/Small Firm Practice,” Florida A&M University College of Law, Orlando, FL, November, 2009.
  • “The Diversity Dilemma,” ABA Law Practice Management Law Firm Marketing Strategies Conference, Washington, D.C., November 2007.
  • “Diversity: A Culture of Inclusion,” ABA Law Practice Management Section, Fall 2007 Meeting, San Juan, PR, October 2007.
  • “Fulfilling the Diversity Initiative: Meeting the Expectations of the Law Firm, the Diverse Workforce, and the Client, ” Presidential CLE Showcase Program, ABA Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, August 2007.


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