Maurine J. Berens

Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor of Law


Maurine J. Berens originally joined the Northwestern Law Communication and Legal Reasoning faculty in fall 2003, teaching CLR and a Public Interest Practicum. She won a Dean’s teaching Award in 2005. Before joining Northwestern, she taught legal research/writing and Interviewing, Counseling and Negotiation at DePaul University. She was formerly a senior staff attorney at a legal non-profit in Chicago and an Assistant Public Defender in Cook County. Additionally, Maurine is a trained mediator and a graduate of Second City Improv and Annoyance Theatre. Her area of interest includes data privacy and social media.

Areas of Expertise

  • Legal Writing
  • Legal Research

Selected Publications

  • Teaching Research a New Way, 16 Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research And Writing 118-121 (2008) (with Kathleen Dillon Narko ).

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  • BA, State University of New York, Buffalo
  • MA, University of Colorado
  • JD, State University of New York, Buffalo

Prior Appointments

  • Clinical Assistant Professor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law

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