The Rising Star Professional Achievement Award recognizes a Lab alumnus or alumna who has graduated within the last 30 years and has made an impact in his or her field.
Alison Siegler, ’91
Alison 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 first legal clinic solely devoted to representing indigent clients charged with federal felonies. The FCJC defends individual clients and pursues impact litigation in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, in the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and before the U.S. Supreme Court. The FCJC also engages in broader efforts to reduce mass incarceration, combat racial disparities, and reform the federal criminal legal system. The FCJC is currently running a Federal Bail Reform Project to combat the federal bail crisis, an issue about which Alison recently testified before Congress. Alison received the Seventh Circuit Bar Association’s Justice John Paul Stevens Award for Outstanding Public Service Work in the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in 2016, and the American Constitution Society Chicago Chapter’s Ruth Goldman Award in 2014. She is also the mother of two current Lab students.
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