Dana Hill

Clinical Associate Professor of Law


Biography

Dana Hill teaches analysis, communication, and advocacy courses to first-year and upper-level J.D. students, along with International LLM and MSL students. Her teaching innovations include originating two Advanced Legal Writing courses, integrating job success skills in coursework, and addressing unconscious gender bias in legal writing. Professor Hill has served as a faculty advisor for International Team Project courses on Brazil, Ethiopia, Spain, Norway-Denmark, Portugal, and South Africa.

In addition to teaching, Professor Hill regularly conducts legal writing workshops and one-on-one coaching to practicing attorneys. She serves as an Arbitrator with the Circuit Court of Cook County’s Mandatory Arbitration Program. Professor Hill is a member of the Associate Board of CARPLS, Cook County’s legal aid hotline and volunteers as a hotline attorney.

Professor Hill is deeply involved in the national legal writing community, presenting at regional and national conferences and serving on committees of professional organizations. Her scholarship focuses on using teaching methods and technology to promote critical thinking, integrating job search and success tactics in legal writing courses, and countering gender bias in legal practice and legal education.

Professor Hill received the Student Bar Association’s Faculty Appreciation award for the 2014-2015 academic year. During the 2011-2012 academic year, Professor Hill was selected as the School of Law’s first Fellow at the University’s Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching.

Prior to joining the School of Law’s Faculty, Professor Hill practiced in the litigation and employee benefits departments of Seyfarth Shaw LLP in Chicago. As a commercial litigator, she practiced in federal and state courts and first chaired several trials. Professor Hill was also the firm’s Director of Pro Bono & Philanthropy and managed its firm-wide pro bono program, charitable foundation, and community service programs. Professor Hill served on the firm's hiring committee and chaired its associate mentoring committee.

Prior to attending law school, Professor Hill worked as a video news photographer at KCCI-TV in Des Moines, Iowa and as a reporter for a Chicago-area newspaper group. She continues to write about TV shows and movies, including her annual Oscars picks.

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Courses


Education

  • BA summa cum laude, Drake University
  • JD, Northwestern University School of Law

Prior Appointments

  • Clinical Assistant Professor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Director of Pro Bono & Philanthropy, Seyfarth Shaw LLP
  • Associate, Seyfarth Shaw LLP

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