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Lorraine SchmallLorraine A. Schmall
Professor Emerita

B.A., University of Illinois - Chicago
M.A., Columbia University
J.D., George Washington University


Lorraine Schmall came to NIU in 1989 from Wake Forest University School of Law where she had been a member of the faculty since 1987. Prior to that she was in the private practice of law in Chicago, a Bigelow Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School and a visiting assistant professor at IIT Chicago Kent College of Law. She has published dozens of articles and books on topics related to feminism, labor, criminal and comparative law. Professor Schmall taught Labor Law, ERISA, Employment Law, Criminal Law and advanced issues in criminal law while at NIU Law. She has served as a contributing editor for the ABA/BNA Developing Labor Law hornbook, a member of the Developing Labor Law Committee of the ABA and also as a member of the Executive Committee of the American Association of Law Schools Section on Labor and Employment Law. She is an elected member of the American Law Institute and serves as a consultant to the Restatement of Employment Law. She is associated with the Chicago Volunteer Legal Services which provides free or low-cost legal services. She is also a member of a study group on Regulating for Decent Work, a part of the International Labor organization within the United Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland.

Books and Chapters

  • Pardons and Commutations in The Oxford Companion to American Law (Kermit Hall & David Scott Clark eds. Oxford University Press 2002).
  • Employee Benefits Law: Cases and Materials (1998) (with Maria Hylton).
  • Bar None 125 Years of Women Lawyers in Illinois, listed in (1998).
  • Union Security, in The Developing Labor Law (1989-1995) (Contributing Editor, Section on Labor & Employment Law, ABA).
  • The Duty of Fair Representation: Substantive Rights & Responsibilities, and The Duty of Fair Representation: Enforcement & Remedies, in Individual Rights Within the Union (1987).
  • Local Consumer Agencies, in 2 Consumer Protection Reporting Service pt. 4 (1982).


  • One Step Closer to Mental Health Parity, 9 Nev. L. Rev. 646 (2009).
  • Ice Effects: Federal Worksite Non- Enforcement of United States Immigration Laws, 2007-2008, 1 U.S.F. L. Rev. (2009).
  • Worksite Enforcement of US Immigration Laws, The Professor's Column, N. Ill. U. C. L. (Aug. 2008).
  • Birth Control as a Labor Law Issue, 13 Duke J. Gender L. & Pol'y 139 (2006).
  • Failure of Equity: Discriminatory Plant Closing as an Irremediable Injury Under ERISA, 55 Cath. U. L. Rev. 81 (2005) (with Nathan Ihnes).
  • ERISA Preemption: A Move Towards Defederalizing Claims for Patients' Rights (Twentieth Annual Carl Warns Labor & Employment Institute), 42 Brandeis L.J. 529 (2004) (with Brenda Stephens).
  • Defined Contribution Plans After Enron, 41 Brandeis L.J. 891 (2003).
  • Women and Pension Reform:  Economic Insecurity and Old Age, 35 J. Marshall L. Rev. 673 (2002).
  • Keeping Employer Promises When Relational Incentives No Longer Pertain: "Right Sizing" and Employee Benefits, 68 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 276 (2000).
  • Symposium: Work and Family (Introduction), 19 N. Ill. U. L. Rev. 1 (1998).
  • Forgiving Guin Garcia: Women, the Death Penalty and Commutation, 11 Wis. Women's L.J. 283 (1996).
  • Toward Full Participation and Protection of the Worker with Illness: The Failure of Federal Law After McGann, 29 Wake Forest L. Rev. 781 (1994).
  • The Impact of Dubuque Packing Co. Upon the Collective Bargaining Practices of Attorneys and Their Clients, 24 Stetson L. Rev. 111 (1994).
  • Addicted Pregnancy as a Sex Crime, 13 N. Ill. U. L. Rev. 263 (1993).
  • Women & Children, First, But Only if the Men Are Union Members: Hiring Halls and Delinquent Child-Supporters, 6 Notre Dame J.L. Ethics & Pub. Pol'y 449 (1992).
  • Workplace Safety and the Union’s Duty After Lueck and Hechler, 38 U. Kan. L. Rev. 561 (1990).
  • Integrating Legal Research into Substantive Law Courses, 1 Integrated Legal Res. 7 (NOS. 3 & 4, 1989).
  • AIDS in the Workplace: Doctors, Lawyers, and Bosses, 41 Okla. L. Rev. 685 (Winter 1988).
  • Illegal Discrimination Against Public Employees, 26 Pub. Libr. 180 (1987).
  • Book Review, A.B.A. J. (Apr. 1987) (reviewing K. MacKinnon, Feminism Unmodified).
  • Looking for Work: Solicitation by the NLRB, 7 Indus. Rel. L.J. 178 (U.C. Berkeley, 1985).

Areas of Expertise:

Criminal Law, Death Penalty, Employment Law, Labor Law, Pension Benefits

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