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Michael J. Polelle

Michael J. Polelle Professor Emeritus
The John Marshall Law School
315 S. Plymouth Court
Chicago, Illinois 60604

AB, with honors, Loyola University
JD, Harvard University
LLM, with honors, The John Marshall Law School

Prior to attending Harvard Law School, Michael Polelle studied comparative law and political science for one year on a Fulbright Scholarship at the University of Christian-Albrecht University in Kiel, Germany. He became a civil trial lawyer with Herbert L. Caplan & Associates while earning an LLM in general practice from The John Marshall Law School. Subsequently, he has achieved a second LLM, in intellectual property, from John Marshall.

Professor Polelle created and directed an annual Media Law Symposium at the law school for 13 years. He is a professor-reporter with the Illinois Judicial Conference as well as a special commissioner for the U.S. District Court. He is an arbitrator for the Cook County Mandatory Arbitration Program and for the American Arbitration Association, as well as a court-certified mediator. In 1999, he organized a summer comparative law course centered in Parma, Italy. He was a lecturer at the 2006 Illinois Appellate Defender Conference.

He is a co-author of Illinois Tort Law. His most recent law review article is The Death of Dying Declarations in a Post-Crawford World, 71 Missouri Law Review 285 (Spring 2006).

Formerly at DePaul University College of Law, Professor Polelle joined the John Marshall faculty in 1975. He was appointed director of the Braun Lecture for 2001 and received the 2001 Distinguished Service Award from the law school's alumni association. He teaches Evidence, Torts, and Civil Rights.

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