College of Law Faculty and Staff Directory

NIU Law boasts an experienced, student-centered faculty dedicated to the development of tomorrow’s lawyers. Educated at some of the nation’s most prestigious law schools, this diverse group brings a broad range of professional experience to the classroom. The NIU Law faculty is committed to not just teaching the law but teaching the law with an emphasis on public service. 

Since 2004, the Princeton Review has ranked NIU Law among the top ten law schools for having the most diverse faculty in its annual publication, Best 170 Law Schools. More than 40 percent of the full-time faculty at NIU Law are people of color and half are women.

All College of Law Offices are located in Swen Parson Hall unless otherwise noted.


Faculty

Elvia ArriolaElvia R. Arriola
Professor Emerita

B.A., California State University, Los Angeles
J.D., University of California, Berkeley
M.A., New York University

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Kathy ColesKathleen L. Coles
Associate Dean for Student Affairs & Associate Professor of Law

B.A., College of William and Mary
B.A., M.A., Oxford University
J.D., University of Chicago

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Mark CordesMark W. Cordes
Professor of Law

B.S., Portland State University
M.A., Fuller Theological Seminary
J.D., Willamette University
J.S.M., Stanford University

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Eric DannenmaierEric R. Dannenmaier
Dean & Professor of Law

B.A., Drury College
J.D., Boston University
LL.M., Columbia University
M.St., Oxford University
J.S.D., Columbia University

Marc FalkoffMarc D. Falkoff
Acting Associate Dean & Professor of Law

B.A., University of Pennsylvania
M.A., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Ph.D., Brandeis University
J.D., Columbia Law School

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David GaeblerDavid B. Gaebler
Professor Emeritus

A.B., Harvard University
J.D., University of Wisconsin

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Robert JonesRobert Jones
Associate Professor of Law

B.A., University of California at Berkeley
J.D., New York University School of Law

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Yolanda KingYolanda M. King
Associate Professor of Law & Director of Faculty Development

B.A., Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis
J.D., Harvard Law School

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Anita MaddaliAnita Maddali
Director of Clinics & Associate Professor of Law

B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison
J.D., Northwestern University School of Law

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Lenny MandellLeonard B. Mandell
Professor Emeritus

B.A., University of Connecticut
J.D., Boston College

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Daniel McConkieDaniel S. McConkie, Jr.
Assistant Professor of Law

B.A., University of Utah
J.D., Stanford Law School

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Jay NaftzgerJay R. Naftzger
Practitioner-in-Residence

B.B.A., University of Iowa
M.B.A., Northwestern University
J.D., University of Iowa

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Michael OswaltMichael M. Oswalt
Assistant Professor of Law

B.A., Haverford College
M.T.S. (Master of Theological Studies), Duke University
J.D., Duke University

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Jeffrey ParnessJeffrey A. Parness
Professor Emeritus

B.A., Colby College
J.D., University of Chicago

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Daniel ReynoldsDaniel S. Reynolds
Professor Emeritus

B.A., University of Nebraska
J.D., Creighton University

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Laurel RigertasLaurel A. Rigertas
Associate Professor of Law

B.S., James Madison University
J.D., University of Minnesota Law School

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David RosenfeldDavid Rosenfeld
Assistant Professor of Law

B.A., Brandeis University
J.D., Harvard Law School
Ph.D., Columbia University

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Daniel SchneiderDaniel M. Schneider
Professor Emeritus

A.B., Washington University
J.D., University of Cincinnati
LL.M., New York University

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Morse TanMorse Tan
Associate Professor of Law

B.A., Wheaton College
M.A., Wheaton Graduate School
J.D., Northwestern University

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David TaylorDavid H. Taylor 
Distinguished Teaching Professor

B.A., Duke University
J.D., Washington University

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Genevieve TokicGenevieve A. Tokić
Assistant Professor of Law

B.A., Northwestern University
J.D., New York University School of Law
LL.M., Northwestern University School of Law

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John WaltonJohn A. Walton
Professor Emeritus

B.S., Illinois State University
M.S., Illinois State University
J.D., Northwestern University

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Amy WidmanAmy Widman
Associate Professor of Law

B.A., Northwestern University
J.D., New York University

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Visiting Faculty

Alan BoudreauAlan H. Boudreau
Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor

B.A., Harvard University
J.D., University of California Davis School of Law

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Daniel J. Cain
Visiting Practitioner-in-Residence

B.A., University of Illinois at Chicago
J.D., IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law

Sheila MaloneySheila Maloney
Coordinator of Externships/Supervisor of Civil Externships

B.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
J.D., Northwestern University

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Jack O'MalleyJack O'Malley
Visiting Professor of Law

B.S., Loyola University of Chicago
J.D., University of Chicago

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Adjunct Faculty

Greg AndersonGreg Anderson
Adjunct Professor & Director of Career Opportunities & Professional Development

B.B.A., University of Wisconsin
J.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison

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Fernando EngelsmaHon. Fernando L. Engelsma
Adjunct Professor & Associate Judge, 17th Judicial Circuit of Illinois

B.A., Rockford College
J.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law

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Patrick Kinnally
Adjunct Professor

B.A., Loyola University
J.D., John Marshall Law School

Christine Kiracofe
Adjunct Professor

Ed.D. University of Georgia, Educational Administration (emphasis on Education Law and Finance)
M.A. University of Georgia, Art History
B.A. Kalamazoo College, Art History and Health Sciences

Jeffrey LewisJeffrey Lewis
Adjunct Professor

B.A., Northern Illinois University
J.D., Northern Illinois University College of Law

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Thomas Lilien
Adjunct Professor

J.D., University of Notre Dame Law School

Valerie LipicValerie Lipic
Adjunct Professor

B.A., University of Missouri - Columbia
J.D., University of Oklahoma

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Michael MahoneyHon. P. Michael Mahoney
Adjunct Professor & Retired Judge

B.A., St. Ambrose College
J.D., University of Illinois College of Law

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Frank MartinezFrank Martinez
Adjunct Professor

B.A., Washington University in St. Louis
M.B.A., DePaul University
J.D., Northern Illinois University College of Law

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Kerry O'Brien
Adjunct Professor

B.S., Northern Illinois University
J.D., Northern Illinois University College of Law

Stephen Omolecki
Adjunct Professor

B.A., Northern Illinois University
J.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law

Debra D. Schafer
Adjunct Professor

B.A., Illinois State University
J.D., University of Illinois College of Law

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Dean's Office

Eric DannenmaierEric R. Dannenmaier
Dean & Professor of Law
Email: edan@niu.edu
Phone: (815) 753-5300
Room: 270

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Tita Kaus
Administrator
Email: tkaus@niu.edu
Phone: (815) 753-1068
Room: 270

Marc FalkoffMarc D. Falkoff
Acting Associate Dean & Professor of Law
Email: mfalkoff@niu.edu
Phone: (815) 753-0660
Room: 199C

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LeAnn Baie 
Office Support Specialist for Faculty and Associate Dean
Email: lbaie@niu.edu
Phone: (815) 753-0618
Room: 190

Kathy ColesKathleen L. Coles
Associate Dean for Student Affairs & Associate Professor of Law
Email: kcoles@niu.edu
Phone: (815) 753-0668
Room: 276A

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Lisa A. Hoebing
Support Specialist for Associate Dean for Student Affairs
Email: lhoebing@niu.edu
Phone: (815) 753-9488
Room: 276

Dean's Office Fax
(815) 753-8552

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Admissions & Financial Aid

Sarah ScarpelliSarah Scarpelli
Director of Admissions & Financial Aid
Office Phone: (815) 753-8595
Room: 151

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Terea TurnerTerea Turner
Assistant Director of Admissions & Financial Aid
Phone: (815) 753-8595
Room: 151

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Alex ChapmanAlex Chapman
Admissions Record Specialist
Email achapman1@niu.edu
Phone: (815) 753-8595
Room: 151

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Law Student Special Assistants to the Director
Email: lawadm@niu.edu
Phone: (815) 753-8559
Room: 151

Talk & Tour
Email: lawadm@niu.edu
Phone: (815) 753-8595
Room: 151

Admission & Financial Aid Fax
(815) 753-5680

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Alumni Events & Public Relations

Melody MitchellMelody Mitchell
Director of Alumni Events & Public Relations
Email: mmitchell@niu.edu
Phone: (815) 753-9655
Room: 350

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Jacob ImmJacob Imm
Assistant Director of Alumni Events & Public Relations/Web Communications Administrator
Email: jimm@niu.edu
Phone: (815) 753-9486
Room: 350

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Alumni Events & Public Relations Fax
(815) 753-4501

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Budget & Records

Christina RaguseChristina Raguse
Director of Budget and Records
Email: craguse@niu.edu
Phone: (815) 753-6580
Room: 280

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Julie Mahoney-Krzyzek
Office Manager
Email: jmahoney@niu.edu
Phone: (815) 753-1620
Room: 285

Budget & Records Fax
(815) 753-1615

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Career Opportunities & Professional Development

Greg AndersonGreg Anderson
Director of Career Opportunities & Professional Development
Email: ganderson@niu.edu
Phone: (815) 753-9604
Room: 280A1

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Rebecca LeneauRebecca A. Leneau
Office Manager
Email: rleneau@niu.edu
Phone: (815) 753-0589
Room: 280

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Public Interest Law Society
Phone: (815) 753-0589
Fax: (815) 753-4501
Room: 280

Career Opportunities & Professional Development Fax 
(815) 753-8073

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Information Technology Services

Rahul Thatte
Director of Information Technology
Email: rthatte@niu.edu
Phone: (815) 753-1784
Room: 356

General IT Help
Fax: (815) 753-8087
Tech Support Line: (815) 753-0860
Email for requests for classroom-related services: colit@niu.edu

College of Law Information Technology Services webpage

NIU Information Technology Services (ITS) Helpdesk 
Telecommunications Security 114
Phone: (815) 753-8100
E-mail: helpdesk@niu.edu
Web: http://helpdesk.niu.edu

Information Technology Services Fax
(815) 753-9301

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Faculty Offices

LeAnn Baie 
Faculty Office Support Specialist
Email: lbaie@niu.edu
Phone: (815) 753-0618
Room: 190

Faculty Fax
(815) 753-9301

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Law Library Faculty


Heidi KuehlHeidi Frostestad Kuehl
Director of the Law Library and Associate Professor of Law

B.A., Luther College
M.A., University of Iowa
J.D., Valparaiso University School of Law

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Therese ClarkeTherese A. Clarke
Deputy Director of the Law Library and Professor

B.B.A., Loyola University of Chicago
M.L.S., Dominican University
J.D., The John Marshall Law School, Chicago

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Sharon NelsonSharon L. Nelson
Emerging Technologies and Systems Administrator and Associate Professor

B.A., Northern Illinois University
M.S., University of Illinois

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Karl PettittKarl Pettitt
Technical Services Librarian and Assistant Professor

B.A., Whitworth University
M.A., Wheaton College
M.L.I.S., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

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Clanitra Stewart NejdlClanitra Stewart Nejdl
Reference and Instructional Services Librarian and Assistant Professor 

B.A., University of South Carolina Honors College
J.D., Walter F. George School of Law, Mercer University
M.L.I.S., University of South Carolina

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Support Staff

Cheryl KorthOffice Support Specialist, Cheryl Korth, ckorth@niu.edu / (815) 753-0505

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Email for requests for classroom-related services: colit@niu.edu

Circulation Manager, Pamela Sampson, psampson@niu.edu / (815) 753-9491

Kate HartmanLibrary Specialist, Technical Services, Kate Hartman, khartman4@niu.edu / (815) 753-9184

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Circulation Desk 
(815) 753-0507

Reference Desk 
(815) 753-0519

Law Library Fax
(815) 753-9499

Also see Law Library Staff Directory

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Legal Writing and Academic Success Program Faculty

Jeanna HunterJeanna L. Hunter 
Director of Academic Success Program

B.S., Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
J.D., Southern Illinois University at Carbondale

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Meredith StangeMeredith Stange
Director of Legal Writing Program

B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison
J.D., Boston College Law School

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Sandra E. KupelianSandra E. Kupelian
Legal Writing Instructor

B.A., Northern Illinois University
J.D., University of Illinois College of Law

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Jay StreitzJay Streitz
Legal Writing Instructor

B.A., University of Minnesota
M.A., University of Iowa
J.D., University of Iowa College of Law

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Clinical Faculty

Colleen BoracaColleen Boraca
Clinical Assistant Professor  
H.B.A., Marquette University
J.D., Loyola University of Chicago School of Law
Email: cboraca@niu.edu
Off-Campus Phone: (630) 229-0752

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Alan BoudreauAlan H. Boudreau 
Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor  
B.A., Harvard University
J.D., University of California Davis School of Law
Email: aboudreau@niu.edu 
Phone: (815) 753-2407

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Paul CainPaul J. Cain
Clinical Professor
B.A., Colorado State University
J.D., Franklin Pierce Law Center
Email: pcain@niu.edu
Off-Campus Phone: (815) 962-9980

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Wendy VaughnWendy Hinton Vaughn
Clinical Associate Professor
J.D., New York University School of Law
Email: wvaughn@niu.edu
Phone: (815) 962-9980

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Zeke Giorgi Legal Clinic - Rockford

Willa MacVenn
Receptionist
Email: wmacvenn@niu.edu
Phone: (815) 962-9980

Legal Clinic Fax
(815) 962-9984

Legal Clinic Address
Talcott Building 
319 W. State Street
Rockford, IL 61101

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Student Organizations

Student Organizations index

Law Review
Email: lawreview@niu.edu
Phone: (815) 753-0619

Moot Court Society
Email: mootcourt@niu.edu
Phone: (815) 753-9483
Room: 172D

Student Bar Association
Phone: (815) 753-1663
Room: 172

SBA Organizations
Phone: (815) 753-9484
Room: 172

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Website and Internet Communication

Jacob ImmJacob Imm
Assistant Director of Alumni Events & Public Relations/Web Communications Administrator
Email: jimm@niu.edu
Phone: (815) 753-9486
Room: 350

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Swen Parson Hall 151
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