Jason C. DeSanto

Senior Lecturer


Jason C. DeSanto is fascinated by the power of communication and the freedom to engage in it. He teaches courses at the intersection of law and public advocacy, including First Amendment law, and has pioneered the Law School's curriculum geared to preparing lawyers as impactful public persuaders, particularly in the worlds of policymaking and entrepreneurship. He is one of the highest-rated lecturers across the University, has won the Dean's Teaching Award, and was voted by three consecutive Law School graduating classes to deliver the School's annual Last Lecture, an institutional flagship. He also teaches the Northwestern School of Communication's executive courses in persuasion and leadership, and formerly served as a partner at Chicago's Freeborn & Peters LLP, where he handled constitutional and corporate litigation, represented a series of individuals and public entities in cases of public controversy, and acted as a Special Assistant Attorney General of Illinois.

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  • BS, Northwestern University
  • JD, University of Pennsylvania

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