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Jill Adams

Jill Adams

Email: jeadams@siu.edu

Jill Adams has been a member of the School of Law faculty since 1988. She received her B.A. with Highest Honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1974. She next studied at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, receiving her M.A.T. in 1978. Before finishing her masters, she taught ...read full profile >>

W. Eugene Basanta

W. Eugene Basanta

e-mail: basanta@siu.edu

W. Eugene Basanta is the Southern Illinois Healthcare Professor of Law Emeritus.  He is also a Professor in the Department of Medical Humanities at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. Since joining the SIU faculty in 1980, Professor Basanta has worked to advance education and research ...read full profile >>

Keith Beyler

Keith Beyler

Office: Lesar Law Building, Room 236
Phone: (618) 453-8716
e-mail: kbeyler@siu.edu

Keith H. Beyler has been a member of the SIU law faculty since 1982. He grew up in Carbondale, Illinois, graduated from Princeton University in 1969 (magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa) and graduated from the University of Chicago Law School in 1974 (cum laude and Order of the Coif). He then clerked for ...read full profile >>

Thomas Britton

Thomas Britton

Office: Lesar Law Building, Room 210
Phone: (618) 453-8980
e-mail: tbritton@siu.edu

Tom Britton is a member of the Charter Class of the SIU School of Law, the Class of 1976.  He maintained his association with the School of Law while he pursued a lengthy and successful career in SIU central administration prior to joining the School of Law full-time in 1992.  He has ...read full profile >>

Cynthia Fountaine

Cynthia L. Fountaine

Office: Lesar Law Building, Room 242
Phone: (618) 453-8785
email: cfountaine@siu.edu

Cynthia Fountaine served Southern Illinois University School of Law as its first woman Dean from July 2010 - September 2017. She now serves as a professor of law. Before joining SIU, she was a professor of law at Texas Wesleyan University School of Law (now Texas A&M University School of Law) from ...read full profile >>

Leonard Gross

Leonard Gross was a member of the School of Law Faculty at Southern Illinois University from 1983 to 2010, first as an Assistant Professor and later as an Associate Professor before becoming a Professor of Law in 1993. Before coming to SIU, Professor Gross clerked for Judge Frederick L. Brown of the ...read full profile >>

Frank Houdek

Frank G. Houdek

Office: Lesar Law Building, Room 208
Phone: (618) 453-8788
e-mail: houdek@siu.edu

Frank G. Houdek, who retired on June 30, 2014, served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for Southern Illinois University School of Law from July 2007 to June 2014, with a year off in the 2009–2010 academic year when he served as the school's Interim Dean. Prior to becoming associate dean, ...read full profile >>

Patrick Kelley

Patrick J. Kelley

Office: Welcome Center Bldg.
Phone: (618)-453-8742
Email: pkelley@siu.edu

Professor Kelley received his undergraduate degree from Notre Dame University, where he was valedictorian of his class in 1965. He graduated from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1969, valedictorian of his class and editor-in-chief of the Iowa Law Review. He then practiced law with Sidley ...read full profile >>

Edward Kionka

Edward J. Kionka

Phone: (618)-453-8755
Email: ejkionka@siu.edu

Mr. Kionka received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law in 1962. He was selected for membership in the Order of the Coif, an honorary society chosen from the top ten percent of his class. He was a member of the board of editors of the law review, and during his senior year ...read full profile >>

Patricia McCubbin

Professor of Law

Patricia Ross McCubbin

Office: Lesar Law Building, Room 258
Telephone: (618) 453-8759
e-mail: mccubbin@siu.edu






Professor McCubbin teaches courses on environmental law and administrative law. She joined SIU Law in 2000 after a distinguished career with the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. She served as a Fulbright Scholar in China at the Wuhan University School of Law in Wuhan, China, which is home to ...read full profile >>

Valerie Munson

Valerie Munson

Office: Lesar Law Building, Room 212
Phone: (618) 453-8658
e-mail: vmunson@siu.edu




Professor Munson practiced law in Philadelphia for 25 years, where she was a partner in the firm of Eckert, Seamans, Cherin and Mellott and the founder and chair of its Religion and Law Practice Group. She holds a J.D. from Rutgers School of Law–Camden, where she was Symposium Editor of the ...read full profile >>

Alice Noble-Allgire

Alice M. Noble-Allgire

Office: Lesar Law Building, Room 258
Telephone: (618) 453-8751
e-mail: nobleall@siu.edu

A member of the School of Law faculty since 1993, Alice M. Noble-Allgire was a journalist in her former career. She began working for United Press International in 1980 while completing her B.S. degree at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. She served in a number of reporting and editorial ...read full profile >>

R.J. Robertson Jr.

R.J. Roberston

Office: Lesar Law Building, Room 215
Phone: (618)-453-8715
Email: rjrobert@siu.edu

Professor Robertson received his bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of Missouri, where he was the Editor in Chief of the Missouri Law Review. After graduation, he was a Staff Law Clerk at the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit from 1976-1979. He practiced ...read full profile >>

Mary Rudasill

Education B.S. 1971, Illinois State University M.S. 1975, University of Illinois J.D. 1980, Magna Cum Laude, Southern Illinois University School of Law Work Experience Law Clerk, U.S. Magistrate Kenneth J. Meyers, 1980-1981 Private practice, Carbondale, Ill., 1981-1988 Part-time staff attorney, Southern ...read full profile >>

Suzanne Schmitz

Professor Suzanne J. Schmitz believes that being a lawyer is an honor, and so she spent her career challenging future lawyers to meet the standard of being competent, diligent, ethical, skilled, and committed to public service. These are the abilities needed if lawyers are entrusted with the great ...read full profile >>

Wenona Whitfield

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 ...read full profile >>

Nolan Wright

Associate Professor and Head of Public Services

Nolan L. Wright

Office: Lesar Law Building, Room 172
Phone: (618) 453-8791
e-mail: nwright@siu.edu


Professor Wright joined the SIU School of Law faculty in 2009. He received J.D. and M.L.I.S. degrees from the University of Washington in 1995 and 2008 respectively, and also holds an M.A. in Psychology from the University of Arizona. At SIU, Professor Wright serves as a Reference Librarian in the Law ...read full profile >>