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Alison Siegler : Education and Experience


Georgetown University Law Center
LLM in advocacy, May 2006

Yale Law School
JD, 1998

  • Senior Editor, Yale Law Journal
  • Executive Editor, Yale Journal of Law & the Humanities 
  • Coker Fellow: Teaching assistant and legal writing instructor for Professor Peter Schuck

Yale University
BA in humanities, magna cum laude, 1995

  • Honors in the selective humanities major for distinguished classwork and thesis

Yale in London Program London, England
Spring 1994

  • Studied at Yale’s Paul Mellon Center for British Art


The University of Chicago Law School
Clinical Professor of Law, 2014-present 
Associate Clinical Professor of Law, 2011-2014
Director of the Federal Criminal Justice Clinic, 2008-present
Assistant Clinical Professor of Law, 2008-2011
Lecturer-in-Law, 2007

  • Faculty advisor, Defenders; the Law Women’s Caucus; the Criminal Law Society; the Domestic Violence Project
  • Comment advisor,The University of Chicago Law Review
  • Honorable Mention for the Class of 2011 Award

Federal Defender Program Chicago, IL
Staff Attorney, 2002-2008

  • Represented indigent clients charged with federal crimes in the federal District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court of the United States
  • Represented clients at every stage of the criminal process, including serving as lead counsel in federal jury trials, Seventh Circuit appeals, and petitions for writs of certiorari to the Supreme Court

DePaul University College of Law
Lecturer, 2005 and 2006

Georgetown University Law Center
E. Barrett Prettyman Fellow, Georgetown Criminal Justice Clinic, 2000-2002

  • Represented indigent clients charged with felonies and misdemeanors in D.C. Superior Court; taught and supervised third-year law students representing misdemeanor clients in court; taught weekly trial practice and skills classes

Judge Robert W. Gettleman, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
Law Clerk, 1998-2000

Public Defender Service Washington, D.C. 
Law Clerk, summer 1998

Capital Defender Office New York, NY
Law Clerk, summer 1997

Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal Chicago, IL 
Summer Associate, 1997

New Haven Legal Assistance Assoc., Special Public Defender New Haven, CT
Extern, spring 1997