Faculty News for Professor Colleen Boraca

Colleen Boraca

Colleen Boraca
Clinical Assistant Professor 

H.B.A., Marquette University
J.D., Loyola University of Chicago School of Law
Email: cboraca@niu.edu
Phone: (630) 229-0752

NIU Law Clinical Faculty Present at the Midwest Clinic Teachers’ Conference

On September 13, 2014, the NIU Law Clinical Faculty (Professors Anita Maddali, Paul Cain, Wendy Vaughn, Alan Boudreau and Colleen Boraca) presented at the Midwest Clinic Teachers’ Conference at Michigan State University College of Law. The presentation, Community Lawyering: Looking Beyond your Backyard to Make a Difference, examined the role of community partnerships in developing and expanding clinical opportunities for law students. Faculty members shared how NIU’s legal clinics are working with various community partners to make a difference in multiple communities throughout northern Illinois.

Professor Boraca Writes Article for Kane County Bar Association’s Bar Briefs

Clinical Assistant Professor Colleen Boraca's article, “NIU Health Advocacy Clinic: Reaching Across Professions to Help the Mentally Ill,” appeared in the August 2014 edition of Bar Briefs. The August edition focuses on the legal rights of those facing mental illness, and the article explores the specific ways that medical-legal partnerships can holistically assist this population.

Professor Colleen Boraca Gives Legal-Medical Seminar

On July 30, 2014, Clinical Assistant Professor Colleen Boraca taught a didactic seminar to forensic psychiatry fellows at Northwestern Medical School. The seminar examined whether a mental health provider has a duty to warn and protect a third party, focusing on national and Illinois case law subsequent to Tarasoff v. Regents of the University of California.

Professor Colleen Boraca Presents on Medical-Legal Partnership to Illinois Legal Associations

Clinical Assistant Professor Colleen Boraca presented on “Medical-Legal Partnerships: Working Together to Improve the Lives of the Disabled” at the March 2014 meeting of the Kane County Bar Association's Elder Care, Disability and Mental Health Law Committee. The presentation described the history of medical-legal partnerships, highlighting the benefits of interdisciplinary collaboration between the legal, medical and social work professions. Professor Boraca introduced the NIU Health Advocacy Clinic, a medical-legal partnership between NIU Law, Aunt Martha’s Health Center and Hesed House, the second largest homeless shelter in Illinois.

Then on May 30, 2014, Professor Boraca will speak to the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois at Foote, Mielke, Chavez & O’Neil, LLC. She will provide an overview of NIU Law’s clinical program, highlighting the NIU Health Advocacy Clinic. Professor Boraca will discuss the medical-legal partnership model which includes integrating legal services into medical settings as a way to reduce health disparities.