Dana Hill

Clinical Associate Professor of Law


Dana Hill teaches Communication and Legal Reasoning, Northwestern Law’s first-year legal writing and research course.  She has a particular interest in providing her students with job search and success tactics and regularly counsels students on those issues.  Professor Hill received the Student Bar Association’s Faculty Appreciation award for the 2014-2015 academic year.  Professor Hill also presents on how she uses teaching strategies that promote critical thinking and active learning in the classroom.  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.  Additionally, Professor Hill has served as a faculty advisor for International Team Project courses on Brazil, Ethiopia and Spain.

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.

In addition to teaching, Professor Hill 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.  She is also a volunteer buddy with Best Buddies of Illinois.  Professor Hill also blogs about TV shows and movies.

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  • 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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