Thomas F. Geraghty

Geraghty, Thomas F.

Class of 1967 James B. Haddad Professor of Law
Director, Bluhm Legal Clinic
Associate Dean of Clinical Education

Phone: (312) 503-8574

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Thomas Geraghty is a Professor of Law, the Associate Dean for Clinical Legal Education and Director of the Bluhm Legal Clinic at the Northwestern University School of Law. The Bluhm Legal Clinic houses 35 clinical faculty members and enrolls 170 students each year in its various programs. In addition to teaching, fund-raising, and administrative responsibilities, Thomas Geraghty maintains an active caseload at the Bluhm Legal Clinic, concentrating primarily in criminal and juvenile defense, death penalty appeals, child-centered projects dealing with the representation of children and juvenile court reform.

During the last 10 years, Professor Geraghty has also worked in Tanzania, Uganda, and Malawi on research projects with law students involving juvenile justice, the legal problems of street children, the status of children orphaned by HIV/AIDS, women in the legal profession, and freedom of the press. In 1996, He helped to design a clinical curriculum for the Addis Ababa University School of Law and recently completed an assessment of Legal Education in Ethiopia for ABA/ROLI. He recently prepared a background paper on child-friendly legal aid for UNICEF/Dakar. This background paper was presented to a conference on legal aid held in Dakar, Senegal in June, 2010. Professor Geraghty is a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy.

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Areas of Expertise

  • Clinical Teaching
  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Legal Ethics
  • Trial Advocacy
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Negotiation

Selected Publications

  • Illinois: An Assessment of Access to Counsel and Quality of Representation in Delinquency Proceedings (Children and Family Justice Center, Bluhm Legal Clinic, Northwestern University School of Law and the National Juvenile Defender Center, 2007) (with Bernardine Dohrn, Cathryn Crawford, Marjorie B. Moss, and Patricia Puritz ).
  • In Re Pena: Representing Children and Families in Juvenile Court, Problems and Case File (National Institute for Trial Advocacy, 2003) (with Diane Geraghty, and Angela C. Vigil).
  • Exercises and Problems in Professional Responsibility, 2nd ed. (NITA, 2001) (with Steven Lubet, and Robert P. Burns).
  • Access to Justice and Legal Education: Challenges and Suggestions in A Human Right to Legal Aid (Danish Institute for Human Rights, 2010).
  • Assessing Children’s Competence to Stand Trial and to Waive Miranda Rights in Mental Health Needs of Young Offenders (Cambridge University Press, 2007). (with Dr. Louis Kraus, and Dr. Peter Fink)
  • Access to Justice: Challenges, Models, and the Participation of Non-Lawyers in Justice Delivery in Access to Justice in Africa and Beyond: Making the Rule of Law a Reality (Penal Reform International and the Bluhm Legal Clinic of the Northwestern University School of Law, 2007). (with et al.)
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  • AB cum laude, Harvard University
  • JD, Northwestern University

Prior Appointments

  • Professor of Law, Northwestern School of Law
  • Associate Dean for Clinical Education, 1981-present, Northwestern School of Law
  • Professor of Law, 1979-present, Northwestern School of Law
  • Director, Bluhm Legal Clinic, 1976-present, Northwestern School of Law
  • Perkins-Bauer Teaching Professor of Law, 1991-1992, Northwestern School of Law
  • Associate Professor of Law, 1976-1979, Northwestern School of Law
  • Co-Director, Bluhm Legal Clinic, 1973-1975, Northwestern School of Law
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Law, 1973-1976, Northwestern School of Law
  • Staff Attorney, Bluhm Legal Clinic, 1970-1973, Northwestern School of Law
  • Reese Teaching Professor, 2001-2002, Northwestern School of Law

Recent Consulting Activities

  • Chair, Publications Committee, National Institute for Trial Advocacy
  • Member, Board of Trustees, National Institute for Trial Advocacy
  • The New Perimiter Project, DLA Piper Rudnick’s International Pro Bono Initiative