Law Enforcement and Justice Administration

Picture of Curtis Michael T. Curtis, J.D., Assistant Professor

Stipes Hall 403E
Phone: 309/298-3403

Mr. Curtis received his Juris Doctorate from Duquesne University, School of Law, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Professor Curtis earned the distinction of being a "CALI Award Winner" for the “Most Outstanding Trial Advocate” of his class.   Professor Curtis received his B. A. in Criminal Justice from West Liberty University.  Mr. Curtis was also a varsity member of West Liberty's Wrestling Team.  He is a former police officer for the City of Weirton, West Virginia, where he was employed in many capacities; from patrol to investigations.  During that time he was a head wrestling coach at Steubenville Catholic Central High School, in Steubenville, Ohio.  Mr. Curtis is a graduate of the West Virginia State Police Academy, where he received the honor of being selected as the “Most Outstanding Officer” of his class.  Professor Curtis is a licensed attorney and has practiced law since 2006.  He is a former founding partner of the law firm of Grishkevich and Curtis, P.L.L.C., specializing in general practice, bankruptcy law, criminal defense, personal injury, medical malpractice and family law.  Mr. Curtis is a veteran of the United States Navy, where he served in the Persian Gulf and was awarded the South West Asia Service Medal.  Mr. Curtis was also awarded "Honor Man, “Most Outstanding Recruit”, from Naval Recruit Training Command, San Diego.  Professor Curtis is a current Assistant Professor of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration at Western Illinois University, a former Assistant Professor at Glenville State College and West Virginia Wesleyan.  Additionally, he was a Program Director at Kaplan Career Institute and Kankakee Community College.