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Debra D. Schafer
Adjunct Professor

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


Ms. Schafer joined the NIU Law faculty in 2008, when she worked with the College of Law's Criminal Defense Clinic.  Since 2010, she has been teaching Trial Advocacy and, beginning in fall 2013, Advanced Trial Advocacy.

In addition to teaching at the College of Law, Ms. Schafer is a partner at Sreenan & Cain, P.C. in Rockford, IL where she focuses her practice primarily on criminal defense work.  She joined the firm in 1996 after spending five years in the Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office.  She has tried more than 65 jury trials in state and federal courts.

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