Deborah L. Borman

Clinical Assistant Professor of Law


Professor Deborah L. Borman is an attorney and a social worker, and served the State of Illinois both as a career law clerk for a Justice of the Illinois Appellate Court in the First District and as an Assistant Illinois Attorney General in the Consumer Fraud Bureau. Professor Borman is an active member in national legal education organizations, including the American Association of Law Schools (AALS), where she holds an Executive Officer position in the Teaching Methods Section, and the Legal Writing Institute (LWI), where, as a member of the Pre-Law Outreach Committee, she created presentation materials to educate College Pre-Law Advisors on the fundamentals of legal reasoning and writing. An active presenter at both national and regional law education conferences, Professor Borman has presented several times at the LWI Biennial Conference, the Western Regional Legal Writing Conference and Institute for Law Teaching and Learning (ILTL) Conferences. In conjunction with the ILTL, Professor Borman organized the inaugural conference at Northwestern Law for the release of the Harvard Press book What the Best Law Teachers Do.  She is 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 also reviewed a widely used social work text for Columbia University Press. In addition to topics of pedagogical methodology, Professor Borman writes and presents on incorporating methods of teaching professional identity into the current law curriculum. Professor Borman is an Arbitrator in the Cook County Mandatory Arbitration Program, has a Certificate in Divorce Mediation, and was selected to participate in Citizen Police Training by the District Chicago Police Department, 1st District.

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

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