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Alison Siegler : Curriculum Vitae

EDUCATION 

Georgetown University Law Center
LLM in Advocacy, May 2006

Yale Law School
JD, 1998

  • Yale Law Journal, Senior Editor
  • Yale Journal of Law & the Humanities, Executive Editor
  • 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

EXPERIENCE

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

  • Founded and direct the nation’s only legal clinic solely devoted to representing indigent defendants charged with federal felonies. Represent clients in U.S. District Court, in the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and in petitions for writs of certiorari to the Supreme Court of the United States; write amicus briefs to the Supreme Court. Train and supervise law students appearing in court.
  • Faculty advisor to four student organizations (Defenders; the Law Women’s Caucus; the Criminal Law Society; the Domestic Violence Project).
  • Comment advisor for 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, 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, N.D. Ill.
Law Clerk, 1998-2000

Public Defender Service, Washington, DC
Law Clerk, Summer 1998

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

Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal, Chicago, IL
Summer Associate, Summer 1997

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

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • Barrister, Chicago Inn of Court
  • Admitted to practice in Illinois & the District of Columbia
  • Member, Seventh Circuit Bar
  • Member, United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois Bar
  • Member, United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar
  • Member of Senator Durbin’s Bipartisan Screening Committee for Federal Judges in the N.D. Ill.
  • Member of the Board of Directors, Federal Bar Association Chicago Chapter
  • Member of the Board of Directors, Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers 
  • Member of the Board of Advisors, American Constitution Society Chicago Lawyer Chapter
  • Member, Advisory Committee on Seventh Circuit Rules
  • Member, American Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section

HONORS AND AWARDS

  • Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow (Class of 2013)
  • Excellence in Public Interest Service Award, presented by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the Federal Bar Association of Chicago (2012)