Wendy J. Muchman

Senior Lecturer


Biography

Wendy J. Muchman is a senior lecturer at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law where, since 2000, she teaches legal ethics courses.  Ms. Muchman regularly lectures and presents workshops regarding professional responsibility and disciplinary law to various national and state bar association groups, law firms, judges, and law schools. 

Between 1989 and 2019, she was employed as a bar regulator at the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission of the Supreme Court of Illinois (ARDC), where she most recently served as Chief of Litigation and Professional Education. While at the ARDC, she presented hundreds of workshops regarding professional responsibility to a variety of audiences. She also investigated and prosecuted innumerable lawyer disciplinary cases, including cases involving allegations of conversion, billing fraud, conflicts of interest, and public corruption.  Cases of note include In re Rinella, 175 Ill.2d 504, 677 N.E.2d 909 (1997) and In re Paul M. Weiss, M.R. 27547, 2008 PR00116 (Nov. 17, 2015). Her job responsibilities at the ARDC included supervision and training of the litigation attorneys and staff.

Other teaching experience includes courses at Chicago-Kent College of Law, where she taught intensive trial advocacy and a course she developed, Ethics and Advocacy. She is a faculty member for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) for the regional and national trial advocacy and deposition programs, various law firm training programs, and also serves as a team leader for the Midwest Regional Trial Program. 

Ms. Muchman has extensive experience in various bar association groups focusing on professional responsibility.  For the year 2019-2020, Ms. Muchman is president of the National Organization of Bar Counsel (NOBC).  She has served the NOBC in leadership roles since 2013, when she started as a member of the programming committee and in August 2016 was elected as a board officer.

Ms. Muchman serves as secretary of American Bar Association Government and Public Lawyers Division (ABA) where, commencing in 2012, she was an elected member-at-large to the Council and in 2018 was elected to the Board.  She is an appointed member of the ABA Standing Committee on International Trade in Legal Services for a term 2019-2022. 

During the year 2019-2020, she is an appointed member to the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility Conference Planning Committee. In 2018, Ms. Muchman, with the assistance of Northwestern Law student Alexander Bai, also served the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility as a chapter author to update the first edition of the ABA's Annotated Standards for Imposing Lawyer Sanctions, which was published in spring 2019 as the second edition.

In 2018-2019, Ms. Muchman serves the National Conference of Bar Examiners as a subject-matter expert for the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam.  

In 2019-2020 she serves as an affiliate of the Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Professional Responsibility.  

In 2013, she was selected to participate as a fellow in the National Institute for Teaching Ethics and Professional Responsibility. 

Between 2009 and 2011, she served as the vice-chair, then chair, of the Chicago Bar Association Committee on Professional Responsibility. 

Prior to 1989 when she started her employment at the ARDC, Ms. Muchman litigated in the state and federal courts. Areas of practice included insurance litigation, civil rights, age discrimination, and aviation defense work. She received her JD from DePaul University College of Law and her BA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Areas of Expertise

  • Legal Ethics


Prior Appointments

  • Lecturer, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Adjunct, Legal Ethics, 2000-2014, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Chief of Litigation and Professional Education, Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission

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