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Joan E. Steinman

Distinguished Professor of Law

Professor Steinman received her bachelor's degree in philosophy from the University of Rochester and her law degree from Harvard Law School, where she served on the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. She was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 1973 and practiced with the Chicago law firm of Schiff Hardin & Waite from 1973 to 1977, specializing in civil litigation.

Professor Steinman joined the faculty of IIT Chicago-Kent in 1977 and served as interim dean in 1990-91. She has authored articles on the associational privacy privilege in civil litigation, class actions, suits for money damages to vindicate First Amendment rights, pseudonymous litigation, law of the case doctrine, removal, supplemental jurisdiction, the effects of case consolidation on litigants' procedural rights, appellate jurisdiction and other procedural issues. She is responsible for two volumes of the Wright, et al., Federal Practice and Procedure treatise, and co-authors a casebook on appellate courts. To see the Table of Contents of the Appellate Courts casebook, please click here.

Professor Steinman was the 1992 chair of the Association of American Law Schools Complex Litigation Committee of the Civil Procedure Section. She was a member of the American Law Institute Complex Litigation Project Consultative Group, has served on the executive committee of the AALS Civil Procedure Section, was appointed to the Seventh Circuit Advisory Committee on Circuit Rules, and has been a master in the Chicago-Lincoln American Inn of Court. Most recently, she was an adviser on the A.L.I. Federal Judicial Code Revision Project. Here at Chicago-Kent, Professor Steinman was named a Norman and Edna Freehling Scholar in 1989. She subsequently earned the Dean's Prize for Excellence in Teaching, and received awards from the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, the Chicago-Kent Moot Court Society, the Chicago-Kent Student Bar Association, and IIT. Professor Steinman teaches courses in civil procedure, complex litigation, and appellate courts.