Kathleen Dillon Narko

Clinical Professor of Law


Professor Narko teaches Communication and Legal Reasoning. Her focus is teaching legal analysis through the vehicle of writing. She is a frequent presenter at national and regional Legal Writing Institute conferences, and has written and spoken on a variety of topics related to communication and legal analysis.

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Areas of Expertise

  • Legal Research
  • Legal Writing

Selected Publications

  • To Split or Not to Split: Judges Posner, Rovner, and Wood Weigh in on Language Change, 24 CBA Record 60 (2010).
  • A Second Helping of Illinois Research , 24 CBA Record 53 (January 2010).
  • A Different Practice in Every Port , 23 CBA Record 55 (January 2009).
  • No More “Party of the First Part”: Plain Language Contract Drafting, 22 CBA Record 54 (June/July 2008).
  • Oral Argument Tips from Judge Rovner: They Are Listening, 22 CBA Record 54 (April 2008).
  • If We Move, Are We Still Married?, 22 CBA Record 51 (Feb./Mar. 2008).

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  • BA cum laude, Yale University
  • JD, Cornell University

Prior Appointments

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

Recent Consulting Activities

  • Consultant, Winston & Strawn
  • Consultant, DLA Piper
  • Hearing officer, Illinois State Board of Education

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