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Maureen B. Collins

Maureen B. Collins

Assistant Professor
The John Marshall Law School
315 South Plymouth Court
Chicago, Illinois 60604
Phone: 312.987.1488

BA, Northwestern University
JD, DePaul University College of Law

Scholarship | Presentations

Maureen Collins has been on the Lawyering Skills faculty since 2005. She also created and has been teaching a first-year writing course for students interested in intellectual property.

Professor Collins previously was the director of the Legal Writing Program at DePaul University College of Law, where she designed and implemented the first-year and upper-level writing curriculum, created assignments and coordinated the staff of full-time and adjunct professors.

Before her career in academia, Professor Collins was an attorney at Sidley Austin LLP, practicing trademark, copyright, and advertising law. She returned to the firm each summer for 15 years as a 'Professor in Residence,' working with summer associates on research and writing issues.

Professor Collins authored a legal writing manual, and wrote the "Legal Communications" column for the Illinois Bar Journal from 1995 through 2004. She has developed a specialty of protecting as intellectual property designs that are used in fabric art and has written and lectured on this topic.

Full Curriculum Vitae


Patchwork Protection: The Application of the Substantial Similarity Standard to Quilted Art, 9 Review of Intellectual Property & Law 855 (2010)

Dear Sir/Madam: The Lost Art of Letter Writing,, 19 Perspectives: Teaching Legal Res. & Writing 62 (2010)

A Time of Transition: Logical Links to Move the Reader Forward, 19 Perspectives: Teaching Legal Res. & Writing 185 (2009)

More Publications


Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference, "Doing More with Less" (March 2011)

"Developments in American Copyright Law," Copyright Protection Center of China, Beijing, China (December 2010)

"Crossing Parallel Lines: The Implications of the Decision in Costco v. Omega on the First Sale Doctrine," The John Marshall Law School (October 2010)

Panelist: "How to Dress for Success in Chicago's Legal Industry," Chicago Bar Association/Phi Alpha Delta (April 2010)

Panelist: Legal Writing Institute New Teacher Workshop (December 2010)

Panelist: Legal Writing Institute New Teacher Workshop (December 2009)

Pen to Press: The Fine Print in Self-Publishing, "A Primer on Intellectual Property Law for Quilt Artists," The John Marshall Law School (September 2009)

The Art of Legal Writing, "Once Upon a Legal Time, Chapter Two: Applied Storytelling in Law," Legal Writing Institute (June 2009)

The International Babywearing Conference, "Intellectual Property Law for Fiber Artists" (2008)

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