Jeffrey A. Parness

Title: Professor Emeritus
Office Location: Swen Parson 172E
Office Phone: 815-753-0340
Email: jparness@niu.edu
Education: B.A., Colby College
J.D., University of Chicago
Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Jeffrey Parness teaches a variety of civil procedure courses as well as administrative law. He taught for six years at the University of Akron School of Law prior to arriving at Northern Illinois University in 1982. He has been appointed a visiting professor at Marquette Law School, University of Kansas School of Law, Washington and Lee University School of Law, Southern Illinois University School of Law, Case Western University School of Law, The John Marshall Law School (Chicago), and Loyola University Chicago School of Law. He served as law clerk to Judge James B. Parsons of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois from 1974-1976. His primary areas of scholarship include federal and state civil procedure laws, maternity and paternity laws, the legal status of the unborn, state constitutional equality laws, crime victim restitution, witness abuse in civil litigation, and judicial rulemaking. In January 2006 Professor Parness was named by The Chicago Lawyer as among the 10 Best Law Professors in Illinois.

Areas of Expertise

  • Administrative Law
  • Civil Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Legal Status of the Unborn
  • Paternity Laws
  • Federal Courts

News

Upcoming Activities

  • Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) Annual Meeting (August 2020):
    • Panelist, "New Frontiers in Reproductive Justice Scholarship and Pedagogy"
    • Panelist, "Emphasizing the Need for Reproductive Justice in Scholarship and Teaching"
    • Panelist, "The Civil Procedure Transformation After Firteen Years of the Roberts Court"
  • Speaker, "Innocent Losses of Constitutional Rights," Eleventh Loyola Constitutional Law Colloquium (November 2020).

Past Activities

2020

  • Speaker, American Constitution Society for Law and Public Policy, “Common Authority De Facto Parentage,” Fifth Annual Constitutional Law Scholars Program, Orlando Florida, February 28, 2020.

2019

  • Speaker, "Expanding Parentage by Consent While Respecting Expecting, Existing and Putative Parents," Tenth Loyola Constitutional Law Colloquium, November 8-9, 2019.
  • Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) Annual Meeting, August 2019:
    • Panelist, "Modern Aggregate Litigation"
    • Panelist, "Emphasizing the Need for Reproductive Justice in Scholarship and Teaching"
    • Panelist, "Pedagogical Choices and Challenges in Introductory and Advanced Civil Procedure Courses"
    • Speaker, "Expanding Parentage by Consent While Respecting Expecting, Existing and Putative Parents"
  • Reporter, Biennial Allterton House Conference, Illinois State Bar Assn., May 2-4, 2019.
  • Speaker, "Presuit Evidence Preservation," Biennial Allerton House Conference, Illinois State Bar Assn., May 3, 2019.
  • Speaker, "Expanding Contractual Parentage While Respecting Expecting and Existing Parents," Fourth Annual Constitutional Law Scholars Forum, Orlando, Florida, March 1, 2019.

2018

  • Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) Annual Meeting, August, 2018:
    • Discussant, “New and Established Voices in Civil Procedure”
    • Discussant, "Presuit Discovery and Evidence Preservation Duties"
    • Speaker, “Choice of Parentage Laws in Childcare Disputes”
  • Speaker, "Defining Parents With Constitutional Childcare Interests," Ninth Loyola Constitutional Law Colloqium, Chicago, Illinois, November 3, 2018.
  • Speaker, "Hot Topics in Civil Practice," CLE, DuPage County, Illinois Bar Assn., November 7, 2018.

2017

  • Reporter and Speaker, "Litigation: Reducing Costs, Increasing Efficiency," Biennial Allerton Conference, Illinois State Bar Association, April, 2017.
  • Visiting Lecturer, University of Kansas School of Law, Fall, 2017.
  • Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) Annual Meeting, Boca Raton, Florida, August, 2017:
    • Discussant, "Current Issues in Family and Juvenile Law"
    • Discussant, "Reproductive Rights and Reproductive Justice Roundtable"
  • Speaker, "Constitutional Issues Arising from the New Model Act on Parentage," Eighth Loyola Constitutional Law Colloquium, Chicago, Illinois, November 3, 2017.

2016

  • Speaker, "The New FRCP 37(e)," Annual Meeting, Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS), Amelia Island, Florida, August 3, 2016.
  •  Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) Annual Meeting, Amelia Island, Florida, August 3, 2016:
    • Discussant, "Formal Declarations of Intended Childcare Parentage,
    • Speaker, "The New Dilemma for Civil Procedure (and Other Law School) Teachers"
  • Speaker, "State Laws on Federal Constitutional Childcare Parents: More Principled Allocations of Power and More Rational Distinctions," Seventh Loyola Constitutional Law Colloquium, Chicago, Illinois, November 5, 2016.

2015

  • Speaker, "Intra Law Firm Privileged Communications Regarding Questionable Attorney Conduct," 14th Annual St. Mary's Law Journal Symposium on Legal Malpractice & Ethics, San Antonio, Texas, February 27, 2015 (with Evan King).
  • Reporter, Biennial Allerton Conference, New Realities of Civil Practice: Economics, Ethics & Innovation, Illinois State Bar Association, April 30 - May 2, 2015.
  • Discussant, "Current Issues in Reproductive Rights," Annual Meeting, Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS), Boca Raton, Florida, July 29, 2015.
  • Discussant, "21st Century American Civil Procedure: What is the New Model?," Annual Meeting, Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS), Boca Raton, Florida, August 1, 2015.
  • Speaker, "Federal Constitutional Childcare Parents," Sixth Loyola Constitutional Law Colloquium, Chicago, Illinois, November 7, 2015.

2014

  • Speaker, "Formalities for Informal Adoptions," 10th Annual Wells Conference on Adoption Law, Capital University Law School, March 6, 2014.
  • Witness, Illinois House of Representatives, Judiciary Committee, April 8, 2014.
  • Discussant, "Cutting Edge Issues in Family Law," Annual Meeting, Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS), Amelia Island, Florida, August 5, 2014.
  • Discussant, "Emerging Issues in Reproductive Rights," Annual Meeting, Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS), Amelia Island, Florida, August 6, 2014.
  • Speaker, "De Facto Parenthood," 25th Annual Educational Seminar, Central Illinois Paralegal Association, Bloomington, IL, September 12, 2014.
  • Speaker, "Respecting State Parentage Laws," Fifth Loyola Constitutional Law Colloquium, Chicago, IL, November 8, 2014.

2013

  • Witness, Illinois House of Representatives, Judiciary Committee, March 6 and 20, 2013 (on H.B. 1243).
  • Reporter, Biennial Allerton Conference, Adaptations of New Technologies to Civil Case Processes, Illinois State Bar Association, April 11-13, 2013.
  • Speaker, "Private Privacy Intrusions During Prelawsuit Civil Claim Investigations," Northern Illinois University Law Review, Symposium, April 19, 2013.
  • Discussant, "The Intersection of Reproductive Rights and Class," Annual Meeting, Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS), Miami, Florida, August 4, 2013.
  • Discussant, "Children's Issues," Annual Meeting, Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS), Miami, Florida, August 4, 2013.
  • Speaker, "The New Illinois Parentage Act Proposal," Kane County Bar Assoc., September 11, 2013.
  • Speaker, "Constitutional Constraints on Second Parent Laws," Fourth Loyola Constitutional Law Colloquium, Chicago, Illinois, November 2, 2013.

2012

  • Speaker, "State Equal Rights Provisions: Construction and Consideration," Northwestern University Law School, Northwestern Journal of Law and Social Policy, Chicago, Illinois, January 10, 2012.
  • Consultant, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 2011-2012.
  • Discussant, "The Meaning of Reproductive Rights Today," Annual Meeting, Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS), Amelia Island, Florida, July 30, 2012.
  • Member of the Illinois State Bar Association Family Law Section Council, 2012-2013.
  • Speaker, "Federal Constitutional Childrearing and Superior Parental Rights," Third Loyola Constitutional Law Colloquium, Chicago, Illinois, November 3, 2012.

2011

  • Speaker, Illinois Evidence Seminar, Law Bulletin Seminars, Chicago, Illinois, January 18, 2011.
  • Reporter, Biennial Allerton Conference, Hot Button Evidence Issues, Illinois State Bar Association, April 28-30, 2011.
  • Speaker, "Paternity After Lehr and Michael H.," The Law and Society Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California, June 2-5, 2011.
  • Speaker, "Paternity After Lehr and Michael H.," Fourth Annual Midwest Family Law Consortium, Michigan State University College of Law, June 16-17, 2011.
  • Speaker, "Procreative Sex and Same Sex Parents," Second Loyola Constitutional Law Colloquium, Chicago, Illinois, October, 2011.

2010 & earlier

  • Member of the Illinois State Bar Association Civil Practice and Procedure Section Council, 2008 to present.
  • Consultant and Speaker, Kaplan Illinois General Bar Review, Beginning Summer, 2009.
  • Speaker, Annual Meeting of Law and Society Association, "Improving Voluntary Paternity Acknowledgments: Securing More Dads for Nonmarital Children," Chicago, Illinois, May 27-30, 2010.
  • Witness, Illinois Supreme Court Rules Committee, July, 2010.
  • Speaker, "Reforming Voluntary Paternity Acknowledgment Procedures," Midwest Law and Society Retreat, Madison, Wisconsin, October 8-9, 2010.
  • Speaker, "Undemocratic State High Court Rules," First Loyola Constitutional Law Colloquium, Chicago, Illinois, November, 2010.

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Books and Book Chapters

  • American Parentage Law (2021 ed.) (Lexis Nexis) (forthcoming 2021).
  • American Parentage Law (2020 ed.) (Lexis Nexis) (2020).
  • Illinois Civil Procedure (2021-2022 ed.) (Lexis Nexis) (forthcoming 2021).
  • Illinois Civil Procedure (2020-2021 ed.) (Lexis Nexis) (2020).
  • Illinois Civil Procedure (2019-2020 ed.) (Lexis Nexis) (2019).
  • Illinois Civil Procedure (2018-2019 ed.) (Lexis Nexis) (2018).
  • Principles Guiding Civil Claim Settlements (Lexis Nexis) (2018).
  • Illinois Civil Procedure (2017-2018 ed.) (Lexis Nexis).
  • Illinois Civil Procedure (2016-2017 ed.) (Lexis Nexis).
  • Illinois Civil Procedure (2015-2016 ed.) (Lexis Nexis).
  • Illinois Civil Procedure (2014-2015 ed.) (Lexis Nexis).
  • Illinois Civil Procedure (2013-2014 ed.) (Lexis Nexis).
  • Illinois Civil Procedure (2012-2013 ed.) (Lexis Nexis).
  • Civil Claim Settlement Laws (1st ed. 2013) (online version) (Carolina Academic Press).
  • Illinois Civil Procedure (2011-2012 ed.) (Lexis Nexis).
  • Illinois Civil Procedure (2010-2011 ed.) (Lexis Nexis).
  • Personal Jurisdiction, in Federal Civil Practice (IICLE 2010). 
  • Illinois Civil Procedure (2009-2010 ed.) (Lexis Nexis).
  • Illinois Civil Procedure (2008-2009 ed.) (Lexis Nexis).
  • Personal Jurisdiction, in Federal Civil Practice (IICLE 2006) (with supplements, including 2015).
  • Reforming American Paternity Laws,  in  Genetic Ties and the Future of the Family (Mark Rothstein et al. eds., 2005).
  • Illinois Civil Procedure (2d ed. 2003 & Supps. 2004-2007) (Lexis Nexis).
  • Federal and State Civil Procedure Handbook (2d ed. 2001) (Anderson Pub. Co.).
  • Civil Procedure for Federal and State Courts (2001 & Supps.) (Anderson Pub. Co.).
  • Federal and State Civil Procedure Handbook (2000) (Anderson Pub. Co.).
  • Advanced Civil Procedure: Civil Claim Settlement Laws (2000 & Supps.) (Carolina Academic Press).
  • Illinois Civil Procedure (1998 & Supps. 1999-2002) (Lexis Nexis).
  • Pleadings Allowed; Form of Motions, in Moore's Federal Practice (3d ed. 1997).
  • General Rules of Pleading, in Moore's Federal Practice (3d ed. 1997).
  • Pleading Special Matters, in Moore's Federal Practice (3d ed. 1997).
  • Form of Pleadings, in Moore's Federal Practice (3d ed. 1997).
  • Privacy in Sexual Matters, in 3 Privacy Law and Practice (1987).

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