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John Elson, Civil Litigation Center Director

John Elson, professor of law emeritus, has been affiliated with the Civil Litigation Center and Bluhm Legal Clinic since 1976. Elson's primary goal is helping students develop the skills that lawyers need for effective representation of clients involved in litigation. He has developed litigation projects with his students in the areas of the defense of public housing tenants from eviction, advocating for the educational rights of students with disabilities and prisoners, the protection of clients from abusive divorce attorneys, and the representation of victims of domestic violence. These projects have included advocacy at the trial and appellate levels, including arguing cases in the U.S. Supreme Court and advocating for progressive law reform in the Illinois Legislature.