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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 full profile >>

Jason Caraway

Adjunct Professor of Law

Jason R. Caraway is the owner and managing partner of Kolker Law Offices, 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 full profile >>

Melissa Day

Adjunct Professor of Law

Melissa Day completed her 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 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 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 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

James Hopkins

Adjunct Professor of Law

James Hopkins has been a member of the law firm of Machicao and Associates in Marion, Illinois, since 1993. He also served as city attorney for Creal Springs, Illinois, from 1994 to 1999. He holds a B.A. degree from Fort Hays State University in Kansas and a J.D. degree from Washburn University School of full profile >>

Thomas Leggans

Adjunct Professor of Law

Tom Leggans attended law school at Southern Illiniois University where he was an editor of the Law Journal.  He aso was a member of the International Moot Court team and won the regional, national, and international awards for Best Brief. Leggans earned his J.D. summa cum full profile >>

Thomas Margolis

Adjunct Professor of Law

Tom is the Managing Attorney for Allen, Kopet and Associates, PLLC, a multi-state insurance defense firm. He oversees workers' compensation defense claims out of Allen-Kopet's Cape Girardeau, St. Louis, and southern Illinois offices. Tom is licensed to practice law in Illinois, full profile >>

Michele Mekel

Adjunct Professor of Law

Michele Mekel is the SIH-SIU Health Law & Policy Programming Director, and she teaches in areas at the nexus of health policy, bioethics, and law. With experience at the graduate and undergraduate levels, she has taught at Southern Illinois University, Drake University, and Asian University for Women full profile >>

Erica Nichols Cook

Adjunct Professor of Law

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 full profile >>

Martin Parsons

Adjunct Professor of Law

Martin Parsons earned his B.A. at Western Illinois University in 2006 and his J.D. at Southern Illinois University School of Law in 2015. He is licensed in Illinois and Missouri, and is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois. He is also an Accredited Attorney 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 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 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 full profile >>

Diane Speir

Adjunct Professor of Law

Diane M. Speir is in a solo private practice located in Murphysboro, Illinois. She was admitted to the bar of the State of Illinois in 1992 and has been practicing law in Illinois ever since. Her areas of practice include immigration, naturalization, and family law. She also provides mediation services for 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, 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, full profile >>

Timothy Ting

Adjunct Professor of Law

Timothy James Ting is an advocate and an educator. Presently, Professor Ting works as an 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. He teaches for 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 full profile >>