Deborah L. Borman

Borman, Deborah L.

Clinical Assistant Professor of Law

Phone: 312.503.6748

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Professor Deborah L. Borman is an attorney and a social worker, and served both a former judicial law clerk and an Assistant Illinois Attorney General. Professor Borman actively participates in the national legal writing and advocacy community as an Assistant Editor of the Journal of the Legal Writing Institute, a peer-review editor of the Journal of Legal Communication and Rhetoric (JALWD), and as a member of American Association of Law Schools (AALS) and LWI committees. She is as an active presenter at national and regional legal writing conferences for some of the above organizations, as well as the Institute for Law Teaching and Learning (ILTL). Combining her interest in the social sciences with her background in law and social work, Professor Borman’s current work discusses professional identity matters related to the Carnegie Report in the context of the first-year legal writing course.

Professor Borman authored the legal chapter in the 5th edition of Criminal Interrogations and Confessions, a leading resource for police and investigators, and is a Panel Contributing Editor to the 9th Edition of Black's Law Dictionary.

Professor Borman holds an appointment in the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals as a Criminal Justice Attorney, is a Judge in the Mandatory Arbitration Section of the Circuit Court of Cook County, and is contributing blogger on

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Areas of Expertise

  • Instruction in Writing
  • Oral Argument
  • Appellate Advocacy

Selected Publications


  • BS, Boston University
  • MA, University of Chicago
  • JD, DePaul University

Prior Appointments

  • Visiting Lecturer, Lawyering Process, 2011-2012, University of Denver Sturm College of Law
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, 2008-2010, John Marshall Law School
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, 2006-2008, DePaul University College of Law
  • Judicial Law Clerk, 1991-2008, Illinois Appellate Court, First District
  • Assistant Attorney General, 1989-1991, Consumer Protection Bureau, Office of the Illinois Attorney General