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Erica Nichols Cook

Adjunct Professor of Law


Courses Taught:

675 - Public Interest Externship: Innocence Project


Erica Nichols Cook is an adjunct professor supervising law student externs participating in the Public Service Externship with the Illinois Innocence Project. She is a staff attorney for the Illinois Innocence Project and responsible for directing the Wrongful Convictions Grant Review program which reviews non-DNA related claims of innocence in Illinois. Prior to her role with the Project, she was an Assistant Cook County Public Defender.

Professor Nichols Cook received a Bachelor's Degree in Legal Studies in 2005 from University of Illinois Springfield and a Juris Doctorate in 2009 from Drake University School of Law.

She is a Board member of the Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (IACDL), and a member of the Sangamon County Bar Association, the Central Illinois Women’s Bar Association, and the Illinois State Bar Association.



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