Alison Siegler is an expert in federal criminal law and procedure. She is the founder and director of the law school’s Federal Criminal Justice Clinic (FCJC), the nation’s first legal clinic solely devoted to representing indigent clients charged with federal felonies. Siegler also teaches courses about sentencing law, about mass incarceration and criminal justice reform, and about the constitutional and procedural rules that govern the criminal process from arrest through trial.
Siegler has received the Seventh Circuit Bar Association’s Justice John Paul Stevens Award for Outstanding Public Service Work in the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the American Constitution Society Chicago Chapter’s Ruth Goldman Award, and the Excellence in Public Interest Service Award from the U.S. District Court and the Federal Bar Association in Chicago. She has also served on Sen. Durbin’s screening committee for the selection of federal district court judges. She was previously a staff attorney with the Federal Defender Program in Chicago, a Prettyman Fellow at Georgetown University Law Center’s Criminal Justice Clinic, and a law clerk for U.S. District Judge Robert W. Gettleman.