David H. TaylorDavid H. Taylor
Distinguished Teaching Professor

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



Email: dtaylor@niu.edu
Phone: (815) 753-0560
Room: 192A


David Taylor teaches courses related to litigation: Trial Advocacy, Evidence, Civil Procedure and Lawyering Skills, and is the director of skills training at the College of Law. He has coached law students in advocacy competitions in trial advocacy, appellate advocacy, client counseling and mediation. In 2006, Professor Taylor was named a Presidential Teaching Professor, the highest teaching honor bestowed by NIU. In 2010 he was elevated to Distinguished Teaching Professor. Prior to joining the faculty, he practiced law with Prairie State Legal Services, where he was a staff attorney and held the position of deputy director of litigation. While practicing with legal services, Prof. Taylor litigated cases ranging from daily service cases to complex class action litigation and appeals.

Faculty News for Professor Taylor

Recent Activities

  • Selected, Most Scholarly Article of 2011, "Hearsay and the Right of Confrontation in American Trials by Jury," Chosun Law Journal.
  • Quoted, "Athletics teams with colleges of Education, Law to provide unique internships for grad students," NIU Today, October 13, 2011. (link)
  • Presented, "Hearsay and the Right of Confrontation in American Trials by Jury," 2011 International Symposium: Combination of Anglo-American Legal system and Civil Law System in Criminal Evidence Law, hosted by Chosun University, Gwangju, South Korea.
  • Presented, "Storytelling As An Effective Teaching Tool," Northern Illinois University, October 19, 2010.  (link)
  • Elevated to Distinguished Teaching Professor from Presidential Teaching Professor in Fall of 2010.
  • Published, "Other Districts More Open on Filling Judge Positions," Rockford Register Star.  26 Jun. 2010. (link)


  • Hearsay and the Right of Confrontation in American Trials by Jury, 18 Chosun Law Journal 3 (2011).
  • ExParte Domestic Violence Orders of Protection: How Easing Access to Judicial Process Has Eased the Possibility for Abuse of the Process, 23 Kan. J.L. & Pub. Pol'y 83 (2008).
  • Defending the Indefensible to Further a Later Case:  Sanctioning Respondents in Illinois Domestic Violence Cases, 23 N. Ill. U. L. Rev. 403 (2003). 
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  • Should It Take A Thief?: Rethinking the Admission of Illegally Obtained Evidence in Civil Cases, 22 Rev. Litig. 625 (2003).
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  • Surveying Gender Bias at One Midwestern Law School, 9 Am. U. J. Gender Soc. Pol'y & L. 251 (2002)(with Lisa A. Wilson).
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  • Civil Procedure by Contract: A Convoluted Confluence of Private Contract and Public Procedure in Need of Congressional Control, 35 U. Rich. L. Rev. 1085 (2002) (with Sara Cliffe).
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  • Filing With Your Fingers Crossed: Should a Party Be Sanctioned for Filing a Claim to Which There is a Dispositive, Yet Waivable, Affirmative Defense?, 47 Syracuse L. Rev. 1037 (1997).
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  • Rambo as Potted Plant: Local Rulemaking's Preemptive Strike Against Witness-Coaching During Depositions, 40 Vill. L. Rev. 1057 (1995).
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  • Conflicts of Interest and the Indigent Client: Barring the Door to the Last Lawyer in Town, 37 Ariz. L. Rev. 577 (1995).
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  • The Forum Selection Clause: A Tale of Two Concepts, 66 Temp. L. Rev. 785 (1993).
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  • Defendant Class Actions Under Rule 23(b)(2): Resolving the Language Dilemma, 40 U. Kan. L. Rev. 77 (1991).
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Areas of Expertise:

Civil Procedure, Evidence, Poverty Law, Litigation and Trial Practice