Janet Siegel Brown

Director of Judicial Clerkships


Professor Brown is a Lecturer and the Director of Judicial Clerkships at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law.  She counsels students who are interested in judicial clerkships, builds relationships with judges, and teaches specialized legal writing courses and other programs to ensure that students are well-prepared for clerking.  Before joining the law school faculty, Professor Brown clerked in the Seventh Circuit staff attorney's office and for the Honorable Sheila Finnegan in the Northern District of Illinois, as well as having private firm and government agency practice experience in Chicago and New York.  She also taught Appellate Advocacy at Loyola Law School for four years. 

Areas of Expertise

  • Judicial Writing
  • Legal Research and Writing
  • Appellate Advocacy

Selected Publications

  • Bankruptcy Clerkships: An Overlooked Opportunity, NALP Bulletin of The National Association For Law Placement (Sept. 2019).
  • Clerking as a Career, Nalp Bulletin of The National Association for Law Placement (Nov. 2016).
  • Book Review: Jonathan Shapiro, Lawyers, Liars, and the Art of Storytelling: Using Stories to Advocate, Influence, and Persuade, 13 Legal Comm. & Rhetoric: Jalwd 235 (Fall 2016).
  • Office Hours with Professor Janet Siegel Brown, Ms. Jd (Nov. 2, 2015).
  • “Tell Me About a Time…”: Behavioral Interviewing for Judicial Clerkships, Nalp Bulletin of The National Association For Law Placement (Oct. 2015).
  • The Leadership Pipeline: Preparing Women Law Students and Lawyers to Lead, Women in The Profession Committee Newsletter of The American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (Summer 2015).

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  • BA, Tufts University
  • JD, New York University School of Law
  • MS, New York University Graduate School of Public Service

Prior Appointments

  • Law Clerk, Hon. Sheila Finnegan, Northern District of Illinois
  • Law Clerk, Seventh Circuit Staff Attorney's Office
  • Adjunct Professor of Advocacy, Loyola University Chicago School of Law
  • Senior Counsel, Illinois Office of the Comptroller
  • Litigation Associate, Seyfarth Shaw LLP
  • Assistant Corporation Counsel, New York City Law Department

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