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Alison Siegler

Alison Siegler is a Clinical Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School and the founder and director of the Federal Criminal Justice Clinic (FCJC), the nation’s only legal clinic solely devoted to representing indigent defendants charged with federal felonies. The FCJC defends individual clients and pursues impact litigation in federal district court, in the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and before the United States Supreme Court, and engages in legislative advocacy. Siegler also teaches federal criminal procedure and federal sentencing. She received the American Constitution Society Chicago Chapter’s Ruth Goldman Award in 2014, a Leadership Greater Chicago Fellowship in 2013, and the Excellence in Public Interest Service Award from the U.S. District Court and the Federal Bar Association in 2012. She serves on Senator Durbin’s screening committee for the selection of federal district court judges. She was previously a staff attorney with the Federal Defender Program in Chicago, a Prettyman Fellow at Georgetown University Law Center’s Criminal Justice Clinic, and clerked for U.S. District Judge Robert W. Gettleman. She graduated magna cum laude from Yale College, earned a JD from Yale Law School, and holds an LLM from Georgetown.