James A. Lupo

Professor of Practice
Director, Center for Practice Engagement and Innovation


Jim joined the Northwestern Pritzker Law faculty in 2003. While in private practice, he handled complex commercial litigation matters on behalf of insurance companies and other financial institutions. His cases included risk management disputes involving non-medical malpractice liability, directors and officers’ coverage, environmental impairment exposure and risk sharing litigation. Additionally, Jim taught legal writing and advocacy at Loyola University Chicago School of Law where he also lectured in contracts for Loyola’s Business Law Institute. His area of research interest is in exploring the relationships between legal rhetoric, judicial decision-making and social change.

Areas of Expertise

  • Rhetoric and Persuasion
  • Insurance Law
  • Appellate Advocacy
  • Remedies
  • Legal Communication
  • Academic Counseling

Selected Publications

  • Court Speech as Political Action: Isocrates' Rhetorical Ideal and the Legal Oratory of Daniel Webster , 3 Journal of The Association of Legal Writing Directors 48 (2006).
  • Dancing in the Dark; Justice for All, Chicago Tribune (January 23, 2005).


  • BA, Northwestern University
  • MA, Northwestern University
  • JD, Loyola University of Chicago

Prior Appointments

  • Senior Lecturer, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Associate Dean of Academic Affairs: Curriculum, Northwestern University School of Law

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