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Alison Siegler

Alison Siegler is an Associate Clinical Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School, as well as the founder and director of the Federal Criminal Justice Clinic, the nation’s only legal clinic solely devoted to representing indigent defendants charged with federal felonies. She also teaches Federal Criminal Procedure and Federal Sentencing. She graduated magna cum laude from Yale University with a B.A. in Humanities in 1995 and received her J.D. from Yale Law School in 1998, where she served as a Senior Editor of the Yale Law Journal and as Executive Editor of the Yale Journal of Law and the Humanities. She also holds an LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center. After clerking for United States District Judge Robert W. Gettleman in Chicago, she became a Prettyman Fellow at Georgetown University Law Center’s Criminal Justice Clinic. From 2002 to 2008, she was a staff attorney with the Federal Defender Program in Chicago. In 2012, Professor Siegler received the Excellence in Public Interest Service Award from the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the Federal Bar Association. The judges who nominated her for the award praised her for “instilling in a generation of new lawyers the value of advocating for the underserved.” Professor Siegler has been selected to be a 2013 Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow. She serves on the screening committee that assists Senator Durbin in selecting federal district court judges for the Northern District of Illinois. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Chicago Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, the Board of Directors of the Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, and the Member Board of Advisors of the Chicago Chapter of the American Constitution Society, and she is a Barrister of the Chicago Inn of Court.