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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, ...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 ...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 ...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.  ...read full profile >>

Leonard Gross

e-mail: lgross@siu.edu

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 ...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 ...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 ...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 ...read full profile >>

Alice Noble-Allgire

Professor of Law

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 ...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 ...read full profile >>

Mary Rudasill

Mary C. Rudasill

Email: rudasill@siu.edu

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 ...read full profile >>

Suzanne Schmitz

Suzanne Schmitz

e-mail: sschmitz@siu.edu

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 ...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 ...read full profile >>