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Faculty

Our faculty are a unique blend of researchers, educators, and professionals who are proven experts in their fields. They are actively involved in:

  • publishing juried scholarly works in their respective disciplines and contributing to the scholarly program at meetings of professional organizations
  • submitting grant applications to external agencies
  • contributing to the department's service mission through participation in professional organizations, involvement on departmental, college, and university committees, and by serving the nation, state and region with their professional expertise.

Peter Alexander, Visiting Professor of Law

Peter Alexander is currently a Visiting Professor at the Southern Illinois University School of Law. Alexander has enjoyed a long career in legal education that began in 1992 at the Dickinson School of Law, which subsequently merged with The Pennsylvania State University. After leaving Penn State-Dickinson, Alexander served as the Dean of Southern Illinois University’s School of Law and the Founding Dean of the law school at the Indiana Institute of Technology.



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Peter Alexander

Office: Lesar Law Buiding 234
Phone: 618-536-8464
Email: peter.alexander@siu.edu
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Cheryl Anderson, Professor of Law and Director of Moot Court Programs

Professor Anderson permanently joined the SIU faculty as an Assistant Professor of Law in 1999, becoming an Associate Professor in 2003 and now holding the rank of Professor of Law. She was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the law school in 1998-99. She started her teaching career in 1993 when she was selected as an Abraham Freedman Teaching Fellow at Temple University in Philadelphia. Professor Anderson subsequently taught at Gonzaga University School of Law and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law before coming to SIU.



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Cheryl Anderson Office: Lesar Law Building 218
Phone: 618-453-5634
Email: cheryla@siu.edu
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Dale Aschemann, Assistant Professor of Practice and Director of the Veterans Legal Assistance Program

Professor Aschemann joined the faculty of SIU School of Law in May 2022 after 23 years in private practice concentrating in complex litigation and representing whistleblowers under the qui tam provisions of the Federal False Claims Act and analogous state statutes. His relator representation on behalf of the United States and various state governments addressed fraud in the areas of government healthcare programs, environmental clean-up programs, and procurement fraud, among others.



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Office: Lesar Law Building
Phone: 618-453-8797
Email: dale.aschemann@siu.edu
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Christopher Behan, Professor of Law

Professor Behan joined the faculty at the SIU School of Law in July of 2006. Prior to that, he was an officer in the United States Army Judge Advocate General's Corps for nearly eleven years. His final assignment was Associate Professor of Criminal Law at the Judge Advocate General's School in Charlottesville, Virginia. During his military career, he also served as a legal assistance attorney, military prosecutor, criminal defense attorney, administrative law attorney, international and operational law attorney, and legal advisor to U.S. forces in the Sinai Desert as part of the Multinational Force and Observers.



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Christopher Behan

Office: Lesar Law Building 254
Phone: 618-453-8722
Email: cbehan@siu.edu
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Artie Berns, Assistant Professor and Head of Public Services in the Law Library

Professor Berns joined the faculty of Southern Illinois School of Law in summer of 2022. Prior to joining the faculty, he was the Assistant Law Librarian: Collection Services at Roger Williams University School of Law. Before that, he was the Emerging Technologies and Research Librarian at Western New England University School of Law. He earned his MLIS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2015, his JD cum lude, from the Southern Illinois University School of Law in 2013, and his BGS, summa cum laude, from Eastern Illinois University in 2010. 

Prof. Berns research interests include legal technology instruction, legal technology competency, legal research instruction and methodology, and technology and the law.  



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Artie berns

Office: Lesar Law Building, Library Room 174
Phone: 618-453-
Email: awberns@siu.edu
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Mark Brittingham, Clinical Assistant Professor of Law

Mark Brittingham joined the Law School faculty in 2007 as Visiting Assistant Professor. A 1982 graduate of the SIU School of Law, he comes to the law school from SIU’s Office of the General Counsel where he spent five years as the University's chief labor lawyer and, in 2004, its Interim General Counsel.



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Mark Brittingham Office: Lesar Law Building 256
Phone: 618-453-8744
Email: mabritt@siu.edu
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Cindy Buys, Professor of Law

Professor Buys joined the SIU School of Law faculty in 2001, where she has served as a Professor, Director of International Law Programs, and Interim Dean. She is a Fulbright Senior Specialist and has been a Visiting Professor at both Bangor University in Wales and Nicolaus Copernicus University in Poland. She has received both the Outstanding Teacher of the Year and the Outstanding Scholar of the Year as well as other state and national awards for her work and her service.



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Cindy Buys

Office: Lesar Law Building 238
Phone: 618-453-8743
Email: cbuys@siu.edu
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Kelly Collinsworth, Assistant Professor of Practice

Kelly Collinsworth joined the faculty of Southern Illinois School of Law in summer 2022. Prior to joining the faculty, Collinsworth was an Associate Dean and Director of Experiential Education at University of South Dakota Knudson School of Law.  She previously taught at Morehead State University in eastern Kentucky where she was the Legal Studies Coordinator, University Pre-Law Advisor, and Director of Education Abroad.  Her practice experience includes serving as a staff attorney at Legal Aid of the Bluegrass and Kentucky Legal Aid.  She also served as Assistant County Attorney for Bath County, Kentucky.  Professor Collinsworth earned her Bachelor of Arts from Georgetown College and her Juris Doctor from the Ohio State University.  She is licensed to practice law in Kentucky and South Dakota



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Kelly Collinsworth

Office: Lesar Law Building, Room 211
Phone: 
618-453-
Email: kelly.collinsworth@siu.edu
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Stanley Cox, Associate Professor of Law

Professor Stan Cox joined SIU Law in January 2019, having previously been a tenured doctrinal professor at New England Law | Boston, and visiting professor at Creighton University School of Law. Professor Cox also has visited at Boston University School of Law, and was a Fulbright professor at Charles University in the Czech Republic. His teaching and scholarly interests are broad, including areas of administrative law, civil procedure, constitutional law, conflict of laws, criminal procedure, environmental law, land use, property, statutory interpretation, and international law topics ranging from terrorism to trade regulation to environmental treaties and climate change issues.



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Stanley Cox

Office: Lesar Law Building 222
Phone: 618-453-8919
Email: stan.cox@siu.edu
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Camille Davidson, Dean and Professor of Law

Camille M. Davidson is Dean and Professor of Law at Southern Illinois University School of Law. She joined the law school in July 2020. Most recently, she was a Judicial Hearing Officer for the State of North Carolina where she presided over hearings in the areas of estates, foreclosures, partitions, guardianships, incompetency proceedings, claim and deliveries, adoptions, and legitimations.



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Camille Davidson

Office: Lesar Law Building
Phone: 618-536-8464
Email: camille.davidson@siu.edu
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William Drennan, Professor of Law

Professor Drennan has taught at the SIU School of Law since 2004. He teaches federal income tax, trusts and estates, and contracts. He has researched and written in the areas of taxation, charities and charitable giving, trusts and estates and contracts. Prior to joining the faculty, Professor Drennan was in private practice for twenty years with a major St. Louis law firm, specializing in taxation, estate planning, trust and estates and nonprofit organizations.



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William A. Drennan

Office: Lesar Law Building 220
Phone: 618-453-8729
Email: wdrennan@siu.edu
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Douglas Lind, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Student Compliance, Director of the Law Library and Professor of Law

Professor Douglas Lind joined the faculty in 2007. He received a B.A. from Purdue University, a J.D. from Valparaiso University, and an M.I.L.S. from The University of Michigan. Prior to coming to SIU, Professor Lind was the Head of Collections at Georgetown Law Library where he also taught Advanced Legal Research and Seminar Research Methods. His scholarship focuses on transmission history of 19th century printed materials. He is a two-time recipient of the Joseph L. Andrews Bibliographic Award, a national award which recognizes a significant contribution to legal biographical literature.



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Douglas Lind Office: Lesar Law Building 175A
Phone: 618-453-8713
Email: dlind@siu.edu
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Melissa Marlow, Clinical Professor of Law

Professor Melissa J. Marlow joined the law faculty in 1998, and helped create the first-year required coursework in the Lawyering Skills program.  For twenty three years she taught legal writing, analysis, advocacy, interviewing, counseling, and negotiation, as well as coordinated the simulated-based learning projects in the course.  She also spent many summers teaching in the bar passage and academic support programs, assisting recent graduates in passing state bar examinations.  In December 2021, she began leading the school’s bar passage efforts.



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Melissa Marlow Office: Lesar Law Building 216
Phone: 618-453-8646
Email: mmarlow@siu.edu
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Rebecca O'Neill, Clinical Professor of Law

Education

B.S. 1985, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
J.D. 1988, Southern Illinois University School of Law
---Editor of SIU Law Journal



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Rebecca O'Neill Office: Lesar Law Building 178
Phone: 618-536-4423
Email:rjoneill@siu.edu
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Shelly Page, Assistant Professor of Law and Director of Experimental Education

Shelly Taylor Page (Cheryl) has been a licensed attorney since 1993 and a Law Professor since 2004. She attended Howard University in Washington, D.C. (graduated cum laude) and received her Doctor of Jurisprudence from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.



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Shelly Page Office: Lesar Law Building 210
Phone: 618-453-8120
Email: cheryl.page@siu.edu
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Andrew Pardieck, Professor of Law

Professor Pardieck graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College and the Indiana University School of Law, Bloomington. While in law school, he served as articles editor on the Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies, and following law school enrolled in the University of Hokkaido School of Law. He completed his doctorate degree in law at Hokkaido, where he wrote his dissertation, in Japanese, on Japanese and U.S. securities law.



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Andrew Pardieck

Office: Lesar Law Building 214
Phone: 618-536-8325
Email: apardieck@siu.edu
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Lorelei Ritchie, Assistant Professor of Law

Professor Ritchie joined the law faculty at SIU in 2020, after serving for over 10 years as a judge at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. She is an expert in intellectual property and commercial law, including trademarks, intellectual property licensing, and law and technology. Professor Ritchie has a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University (international relations) and a juris doctor from Columbia University School of Law (with a certificate of achievement in international and comparative law). She has taught at law schools around the country including UCLA, Florida State (FSU), and Loyola Law School (Los Angeles).



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Lorelei Ritchie

Office: Lesar Law Building 240
Phone: 618-453-8758
Email: lorelei.ritchie@siu.edu
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Zvi Rosen, Assistant Professor of Law

Name: Zvi S. Rosen

Hometown: Teaneck, NJ

College: Yeshiva University

Law School: Northwestern (JD), George Washington (LLM in Intellectual Property)

Presently living in: Alexandria, VA, before that NYC, and clerked in Birmingham, AL



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Zvi Rosen

Office: Lesar Law Building 232
Phone: 618-453-8648
Email: zvi.rosen@siu.edu
Blog: mostlyiphistory.com
Twitter: @zvisrosen
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Sheila Simon, Assistant Professor of Law

Sheila Simon rejoined the School of Law faculty after serving as Lieutenant Governor of Illinois from 2011 to 2015. Since returning to the school she has taught Property, Torts, Legal Writing, Advanced Real Estate Transactions, Children and the Law, Government Ethics, and a seminar on Crime Victims and Witnesses. As Lieutenant Governor she worked on many issues including education policy and secure funding for rape crisis centers.



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Sheila Simon Office: Lesar Law Building 250
Phone: 618-536-8321
Email: ssimon@siu.edu
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Jennifer Spreng, Assistant Professor of Law

Jennifer Spreng joined the faculty of Southern Illinois School of Law in 2022.  She has designed and taught numerous innovative doctrinal, writing, simulation, academic support, bar preparation, and integrated courses, often in experimental formats and notable for their authentic anchoring scenarios and extensive formative assessment.  Spreng regularly publishes and lectures both here and abroad about authentic learning, integrated course design, legal writing, and other law teaching and curriculum issues.



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Jennifer Spreng Office: Lesar Law Building 212
Phone: 618-536-8658
Email: jennifer.spreng@siu.edu
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Gail Thomas, Clinical Associate Professor of Law

Professor Thomas came to the Domestic Violence Clinic in summer 2004 with more than six years experience as a prosecuting attorney. She spent more than five years as an assistant state's attorney in Jackson County, Illinois, including three and a half years prosecuting domestic batteries and domestic violence related crimes. She also served for more than a year as a state appellate prosecutor for the Illinois 5th District, handling first degree murder and aggravated sexual assault cases. She taught in the Administration of Justice and Paralegal Studies programs at Southern Illinois University during the 2003–04 academic year.



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Gail Thomas Office: Lesar Law Building 177A
Phone: 618-536-8318
Email: gthomas@siu.edu
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Angela Upchurch, Professor of Law, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Curriculum Development

Professor Angela Upchurch joined the law faculty at Southern Illinois University School of Law in 2014.  She is a recognized expert in law school pedagogy, children and family law, and procedural law.



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Angela Upchurch

Office: Lesar Law Building 246
Phone: 618-453-8756
Email: aupchurch@siu.edu
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Anna Vick, Academic Success Program and Clinical Assistant Professor of Law

Professor Vick joined the SIU School of Law faculty in 2019 as an adjunct professor. In 2021, she became a member of the Academic Success Program. Professor Vick works with 1L, 2L, and 3L students on time management strategies, analytical reading and critical thinking skills, synthesis of statutes, caselaw, common law, and legal theory, and legal policy analysis skills. She also works with recent graduates who are preparing for the bar exam.



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Anna Vick

Office: Room 226
Phone: 618-453-8833
Email: anna.vick@siu.edu
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Joanna Wells, Clinical Associate Professor of Law

Joanna Wells earned a B.S. degree cum laude from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her J.D. degree magna cum laude from Southern Illinois University School of Law. In between, she worked in radio in Miami and Chicago and spent 16 years as a casework supervisor and caseworker for the Illinois Department of Public Aid.



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Joanna Wells

Office: Lesar Law Building 177B
Phone: 618-536-8313
Email: jwells@siu.edu
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