Dana Hill

Clinical Professor of Law


Dana Hill teaches analysis, communication, and advocacy courses to first-year and upper-level J.D. students, along with International LLM students. Her teaching innovations include originating two Advanced Legal Writing courses, integrating job success skills in coursework, and addressing gender bias in legal practice. Professor Hill has served as a faculty advisor for International Team Project courses on Brazil, Ethiopia, Spain, Norway-Denmark, Portugal, South Africa and Australia. She received the Student Bar Association’s Faculty Appreciation Award for the 2014-2015 academic year.

In addition to teaching, Professor Hill regularly conducts legal writing workshops and one-on-one coaching to practicing attorneys. She serves as an Arbitrator with the Circuit Court of Cook County’s Mandatory Arbitration Program. Professor Hill is a member of the Professionals Board of and volunteer attorney for CARPLS, Illinois’ premier legal aid organization.

Professor Hill is deeply involved in the national legal writing community, presenting at regional and national conferences and serving on committees of professional organizations. Her scholarship focuses on using teaching methods and technology to promote critical thinking, integrating job search and success tactics in legal writing courses, and countering gender bias in legal practice and legal education. 

Professor Hill is the co-chair of Northwestern University’s Organization of Women Faculty and is a member of the Provost’s Advisory Council on Women Faculty. Professor Hill has been a Fellow in Northwestern University’s Public Voices Thought Leadership Fellowship and was the School of Law’s first Fellow in the University’s Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching. 

Prior to joining the School of Law’s Faculty, Professor Hill practiced in the litigation and employee benefits departments of Seyfarth Shaw LLP in Chicago. As a commercial litigator, she practiced in federal and state courts and first-chaired several trials. Professor Hill was also the firm’s Director of Pro Bono & Philanthropy and managed its firm-wide pro bono program, charitable foundation, and community service programs. Professor Hill served on the firm's hiring committee and chaired its associate mentoring committee.

Prior to attending law school, Professor Hill worked as a video news photographer at KCCI-TV in Des Moines, Iowa and as a reporter for a Chicago-area newspaper group. She continues to write about TV shows and movies, including her annual Oscars picks.

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Areas of Expertise

  • Arbitration
  • Legal Research and Writing
  • Rhetoric and Persuasion
  • Legal Communication
  • Civil Procedure


  • BA summa cum laude, Drake University
  • JD, Northwestern University School of Law

Prior Appointments

  • Clinical Associate Professor of Law, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
  • Clinical Assistant Professor of Law, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
  • Director of Pro Bono & Philanthropy, Seyfarth Shaw LLP
  • Associate, Seyfarth Shaw LLP

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