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NIU College of Law Names
Marc Falkoff Acting Associate Dean

December 11, 2015

Professor Marc Falkoff

DeKalb, Ill.--Associate Professor Marc Falkoff has been named acting associate dean of Northern Illinois University College of Law. Falkoff replaces Dave Gaebler, who has retired from the position.

Falkoff will continue to teach courses in criminal law, criminal procedure, post-conviction remedies, the federal courts and lawyering skills.

“We have been very fortunate to have Marc sharing his insights on criminal law and its practices. In his most recent role as director of Faculty Development he has also demonstrated his strengths in providing direction and support for his fellow faculty. In his new role, I look forward to working with him – building on his academic and administrative successes with various NIU Law communities,” said Mark Cordes, Interim Dean of NIU Law.

“Dean Gaebler has made an indelible mark in his role as associate dean. I am excited at the opportunity to continue his work with faculty, students and alumni in moving this great school forward,” said Marc Falkoff.

Falkoff’s primary research and teaching interests are in the rule of law and the practice of public interest law. Since 2004, he has represented a number of prisoners being held by the U.S. military at Guantanamo Bay on suspicion of involvement with terrorism. He is a noted scholar on the subject and has published several articles about detention policies and the War on Terror.

For this work, he was named the Charles F.C. Ruff Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year in 2005 by his former law firm, Covington & Burling LLP. He received the Frederick Douglass Human Rights Award in 2007 from the Southern Center for Human Rights and the Bill of Rights in Action Award in 2008 from the Constitutional Rights Foundation in Chicago.

He has taught at NIU Law since 2006. In 2009, he received the NIU Foundation Award for Faculty Excellence.


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