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John Marshall Law School Welcomes Retired Federal Defender Carol Brook as Distinguished Practitioner-in-Residence

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, UNITED STATES, January 16, 2019 / -- The John Marshall Law School in Chicago has hired Carol Brook as a Distinguished Practitioner-in-Residence to teach Criminal Procedure.

Brook is a prominent Chicago attorney, having recently retired as the Federal Defender for the Northern District of Illinois. She previously served in the Federal Defender Program as Deputy Director, Chief Appellate Attorney, and Staff Attorney.

Brook has worked in the legal field for more than 40 years and has been active in many professional organizations, such as the Chicago Bar Association, the Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the National Association of Federal Defenders and more. Brook has also been a leading authority in criminal defense and often speaks to the media about various criminal defense topics, including radical disparity in criminal justice, criminal discovery, ethics, appellate advocacy and sentencing.

Brook has been recognized countless times for her work and has received numerous awards. In 2018 she received the Justice John Paul Stevens Award from the Chicago Bar Association & Foundation; the Sarah T. Hughes Civil Rights Award from the Federal Bar Association; the Terence F. MacCarthy Award from the National Association of Federal Defenders; and the Donald Hubert Public Service Award from the Chicago Inn of Court.

“I am thrilled and honored to have Carol join us at John Marshall. She is known as a superb mentor and excellent lawyer. Our students will benefit greatly from her experience and guidance,” said Dean Darby Dickerson.

Brook holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law.

About The John Marshall Law School
The John Marshall Law School, founded in 1899, is an independent law school located in the heart of Chicago's legal, financial and commercial districts. The 2019 U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Graduate Schools ranks John Marshall's Lawyering Skills Program 6th, its Intellectual Property Law Program 15th and its Trial Advocacy Program 20th in the nation. Since its inception, John Marshall has been a pioneer in legal education and has been guided by a tradition of diversity, innovation, access and opportunity. In July 2018, The John Marshall Law School and University of Illinois at Chicago Boards of Trustees voted to create UIC John Marshall Law School — Chicago’s first and only public law school. The transaction, which is expected to take effect for Fall 2019, has since received approval from the Illinois Board of Higher Education and acquiescence from the American Bar Association. Learn more at

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