Cindy Wilson

Director, Public Interest Center

Cindy Wilson is the director of the Public Interest Center. She oversees the work and staff of the Center, including existing programs, new initiatives, and funding. She is also a clinical professor of law and director of the Center for Externships at the Bluhm Legal Clinic. She is a recipient of the Chicago Bar Foundation Leonard J. Schrager Award of Excellence, which recognizes an exemplary attorney in academia who has made significant and lasting contributions to improving access to justice for the less fortunate. Prior to joining the law school faculty, Professor Wilson was a civil rights lawyer at the Chicago Lawyers' Committee, where her work focused on employment discrimination cases. She was also a law clerk to the Honorable Seymour F. Simon of the Illinois Supreme Court. Professor Wilson received her JD, cum laude, Order of the Coif, from Northwestern University School of Law in 1986, and her BA, magna cum laude, from Knox College in 1982.

Maureen Stratton

Director, Pro Bono and Public Service Program

Maureen Stratton is the Director of the Pro Bono and Public Service Program. She helps students find meaningful volunteer opportunities, organizes pro bono and public service opportunities, and collaborates with community justice organizations and other external partners. She is also a clinical assistant professor of law and teaches in the Center for Externships. Prior to joining the law school, Professor Stratton was a poverty lawyer with the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago. She received her JD from Northwestern University School of Law in 1984, and her AB, magna cum laude, from Boston College in 1980.

Cassidey Davis

Associate Director, Public Interest Center

Cassidey Davis (JD ’10) is the Associate Director, Public Interest Careers in the Public Interest Center. While in law school, Cassidey worked at a number of public legal organizations, including Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice and The Just the Beginning Foundation. After law school, Cassidey worked as an Assistant Appellate Defender at the Office of the State Appellate Defender and in private practice with small to mid-size law firms. Prior to joining the Public Interest Center, she provided career counseling to Northwestern Law students as an Assistant Director in the Career Strategy Center. Her work there included organizing a Professionalism Series and serving as a liaison to student affinity groups. As Associate Director, she provides public interest career counseling to students and alumni, administers the summer funding program, LRAP, and post-graduate fellowship programs, and works across departments in the law school to support and expand on the work of the Center.