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Cynthia D. Bond

Cynthia D. Bond

Clinical Professor of Lawyering Skills
The John Marshall Law School
315 South Plymouth Court
Chicago, Illinois 60604
Phone: 312.427.2737 ext. 482

BA, magna cum laude, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
MFA, Cornell University
JD, Cornell Law School

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After graduating from law school in 1993, where she was on the staff of the Cornell Law Review, Cynthia Bond worked as a research associate for a solo practitioner in Ithaca, New York, while also serving as a volunteer staff attorney for Neighborhood Legal Services, a public interest law office. From 1994-1995, she was a solo practitioner in Ithaca, focusing on family law for low-income clients. From 1995-1999, she was an associate with True, Walsh & Miller, where her practice areas included litigation, domestic relations, and real estate. From 1999-2004, Professor Bond was on the faculty of Cornell Law School, where she taught a first-year legal writing class, as well as a seminar on law and film.

She received the Tompkins County Bar Association award for outstanding pro bono legal services in 1995, and the American Bar Association Journal Ross Essay Award in 1998.

Professor Bond came to John Marshall as a visiting professor in 2004 and joined the full-time faculty in 2006. She teaches Lawyering Skills I, Family Law, Images of Law in Film, and Law and Culture.

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'We, the Judges': The Legalized Subject and Narratives of Adjudication in Reality Television, 81 UMKC Law Review 1 (2012)

Fear of a 'Black' President: Obama, Racial Panic, and the Presidential Sign, darkmatter Journal (2012)

Documenting Law: Reality & Representation on Trial," 39 Lincoln Law Review 1 (2011-2012)

Illinois State Bar Association Family Law Handbook (ed.), Illinois State Bar Association (2011)

"The Legal Writing Classroom in the World: Teaching Skills in a Social Context," in Vulnerable Populations and Transformative Law Teaching: A Critical Reader, Carolina Academic Press (2011)

"Laws of Race/Laws of Representation: The Construction of Race and Law in Contemporary American Film," 11 Univ. of Texas Review of Sports & Entertainment Law (2010)

"Law as Cinematic Apparatus: Image, Textuality, and Representational Anxiety in Spielberg's Minority Report," 37 Cumb. L. Rev. 25 (2007)

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Speaker: "Race & Law in American Film," Illinois Attorney General's Office, Chicago, IL (May 2012)

Speaker: John Marshall Faculty Works-in-Progress Series, "Race-ing' the Presidential Sign: Obama and the Hitler Slur," The John Marshall Law School (Feb. 2012)

Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Conference, "Got to Be Real: Drag Queens, Housewives, and Adjudication on Reality TV," Hilton Head, South Carolina (July 2011)

Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities Annual Conference, "We, the Judge(s): Discourses of Legal Community in Reality Television," Las Vegas, Nevada (March 2011)

Social Science History Association Annual Conference, "Fear of a 'Black' President: Obama, Racial Panic, and the Presidential Sign," Chicago, Illinois (Nov. 2010)

Vulnerable Populations & Economic Realities: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Law Teaching Conference, "Integrating Social Context into Skills Training: The Legal Writing Classroom," Golden Gate University Law School (March 2010)

"Documenting Law: Reality and Representation on Trial," Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association, Boston, Massachusetts (Nov. 2009)

"'Anything a White Man Says Is Right': Race and Law in American Film," Northeast Popular/American Culture Association, New York, New York (Oct. 2009)

"Laws Of Race/Laws Of Representation: The Construction of Race and Law in Contemporary American Film," Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, Illinois (April 2009)

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