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Valery Behan

Adjunct Professor of Law

Valerie Behan

Valery Christiansen Behan, was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. She graduated as the Valedictorian of both her High School class (Penn Wood 1986) and her undergraduate class at Brigham Young University (College of Social Sciences, 1991). She also served an 18-month mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of full profile >>

Jason Caraway

Adjunct Professor of Law

Jason R. Caraway is the owner and managing partner of Caraway, Fisher, & Broombaugh P.C., in Belleville, Illinois, where he specializes in workers’ compensation and personal injury matters. In addition to his practice, he lectures on workers’ compensation issues for the National Business full profile >>

Christine Chance

Adjunct Professor of Law

Christine Chance was born in Hammond, Indiana in 1968, and was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 1993, the Florida Bar in 1995, and the Georgia Bar in 2001. She was educated at Southern Illinois University (B.S. 1990) and DePaul University College of Law in Chicago, IL (J.D. 1993). Before joining Wilber and Associates, full profile >>

Melissa Day

Adjunct Professor of Law

Melissa Day completed her B.A. in 1984 at Ottawa University in Kansas. She attended the University of Kansas School of Law, receiving her J.D. in 1988. She worked for the Sedgwick County, Kansas, Public Defender's Office and the Federal Public Defender's Office in Honolulu, Hawaii, before transferring to the full profile >>

Dana Frazier

Adjunct Professor of Law

Prior to opening her own practice, Dana Frazier was a partner in the Carbondale firm of Barrett, Twomey, Broom, Hughes, Hoke and Frazier from 1997 to 2005. She currently serves as a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Panel Trustee for the Southern District of Illinois. She holds a B.S. degree from the University of Illinois, full profile >>

Shawn Grindstaff

Adjunct Professor of Law

Shawn Grindstaff is a 27-year veteran of the natural resources and environmental field, serving in a variety of capacities, legal and otherwise. After graduating with a B.A. cum laude from Southeast Missouri State University in 1989, Grindstaff moved to Wyoming in 1990 to focus on legal and masters level studies full profile >>

Patricia Hoke

Adjunct Professor of Law

Patricia Hoke is a member of the Carbondale law firm of Barrett, Twomey, Broom, Hughes and Hoke, LLP. She practices in the areas of estate planning, probate, real estate, corporate law, and banking law. She holds B.S., J.D., and M.A. (Accounting) degrees from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. e-mail: Courses 526 - Basic Estate Planning 531 - Trusts and Estates

Mike Koehler

Visiting Assistant Professor of Law

Mike Koehler

Office: Lesar Law Building, Room 210

Phone: (618) 453-8120


Professor Koehler joined the SIU School of Law faculty in 2012. His teaching expertise and interests include corporate law, corporate compliance and ethics, white collar crime, international business transactions, international trade and investment, securities regulation, and torts. Professor Koehler is a full profile >>

Robert Patino

Adjunct Professor of Law

Robert Patino has been the Director of Technology Transfer for the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine since 2006. In that position, he directs an office that analyzes technology disclosures, bundles meritorious technology packages in an intellectual property portfolio, and out-licenses those rights to full profile >>

Marsha Ryan

Assistant Professor, SIU School of Medicine, and Adjunct Professor of Law

Dr. Marsha Ryan is an assistant professor of general surgery at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, with an office in Carbondale. She holds fellowships in the American College of Surgeons and the American College of Legal Medicine, and memberships in the Society of American Gastroenterologic full profile >>

William Sherwood

Adjunct Professor of Law

William Sherwood is vice president/general counsel of Southern Illinois Healthcare in Carbondale, Illinois, a position he has held since 1998. Previously he was in private practice with several law firms from 1977 to 1998, specializing in health care, trial and appellate litigation, and general business and full profile >>

Sarah Taylor

Adjunct Professor of Law

In addition to teaching Client Interviewing and Counseling and Mediation Skills as an adjunct professor, Sarah Taylor has been an associate attorney with the Carbondale, Illinois firm of Barrett, Twomey, Broom, Hughes and Hoke, LLP since 2004. Her areas of practice include probate litigation, guardianships, full profile >>

Julie Thompson

Adjunct Professor of Law

Julie A. Thompson is a Williamson County public defender, serving as Guardian ad Litem for minor children in juvenile court since 2005, and representing minors who are abused, neglected, delinquent, truant, dependent, and who require authoritative intervention. Her private practice includes family, criminal full profile >>

Timothy Ting

Associate Professor of Practice

Timothy James Ting is an advocate and an educator. Presently, Professor Ting works as the First Assistant Public Defender in Jackson County, Illinois, where he handles a wide array of felony cases. Additionally, Professor Ting is recognized as a Distinguished Teacher for Southern Illinois University. Professor full profile >>

Wenona Whitfield

Adjunct Professor of Law

Wenona Whitfield received her BA degree from Illinois Wesleyan (1970) and her JD degree from Southern Illinois University School of Law in 1977. She taught property and health-related courses at SIU Law for 26 years before retiring in 2007. She has been a visiting professor at Florida Coastal School of Law, full profile >>

Brandon Zanotti

Adjunct Professor of Law

Brandon Zanotti

Brandon Zanotti is the Williamson County State’s Attorney, and has held that position since 2014. Brandon is a lifelong Southern Illinois resident. After graduating high school class valedictorian from Johnston City, he graduated summa cum laudefrom SIU Carbondale.  Brandon full profile >>