Ronald L. Carlson earned a bachelor’s degree from Augustana College in 1956, followed by a J.D. from Northwestern University in 1959 and an LL.M. from Georgetown in 1961. He began his teaching career at Iowa, serving as a professor from 1965-1973. He later taught at Washington University of St. Louis. In 1984, he moved to University of Georgia, taking emeritus status in 2001. His legal scholarship focuses on evidence, trial practice, and litigation.