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Mark J. Heyrman : Curriculum Vitae


The University of Chicago Law School
JD, 1977

  • Active in Mandel Legal Aid Clinic

University of Illinois, Chicago
BA, 1974

  • Honors in the Administration of Criminal Justice 


The University of Chicago Law School
Faculty Director of Clinical Programs, 2003-2007
Interim Director of Clinical Programs, 2001-2003
Clinical Professor of Law, 1990-present
Attorney, 1978-1990

  • Responsible for teaching Mental Health Advocacy. This clinical course teaches students effective advocacy skills through their supervised work on behalf of indigent clients of the Mandel Clinic in state and federal courts and administrative agencies and before legislative bodies. Also teach courses on mental health law, pretrial advocacy and trial advocacy.

Governor's Commission to Revise the Mental Code of Illinois
Executive Director, 1988-89

  • Responsible for directing and conducting research, for drafting legislative proposals to revise mental health laws, for coordinating the meetings of the Commission and its committees and for acting as liaison between the Commission and various public and private groups. More than thirty of the proposals were enacted into law.

Northwestern University School of Law
Visiting Associate Professor, 1987-88

  • Responsible for teaching Clinical Trial Advocacy and Counseling, Negotiation and Litigation, and for supervising law students representing clients of the Northwestern University Legal Clinic.

Office of the State Appellate Defender of Illinois
Assistant Defender, 1977-78

  • Briefed and argued appeals for indigent criminal defendants.


Admitted to the Bars of the United States Supreme Court, the Supreme Court of Illinois, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.