David J. Robinson

Adjunct Professor


David J. Robinson is the Chief Deputy Director at the Illinois State’s Attorneys Appellate Prosecutor’s Office in Springfield, Illinois, and currently serves as the Deputy Director in the Fourth District. In addition to his adjunct faculty position at the University of Illinois College of Law, David previously taught legal studies at Robert Morris University where he served on the University’s Advisory Board. He also tries serious felony cases throughout Illinois and supervises hundreds of appeals every year. David has authored numerous state-wide and national publications (including, “Traffic Stops and Dog Sniffs: The Supreme Court Says ‘No’ to Mission Creep,” Illinois Bar Journal) and frequently lectures on topics important to the bench and bar (for example, “Fines & Fees,” Illinois Association of Circuit Clerks, Downtown Hilton, Springfield, Illinois, and “Cell Phone Searches and Riley v. California,” Central Illinois Women’s Bar Association – Springfield, Illinois). He contributes columns to the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and publishes monthly case law updates for the Agency.

David has served as the Agency’s Senior Legal Advisor and previously worked as an Appellate Law Clerk in the chambers of the Honorable Robert J. Steigmann, Fourth District Appellate Court. He is a United States Army combat veteran and Joint Service Commendation Medal recipient. David lives in Springfield, Illinois with his wife, Jennifer, the couple’s daughter, Amelia, as well as the family dogs, Molly and Rainey.


JD Appalachian School of Law
BA Southern Illinois University
AA John A. Logan College


State Appellate Prosecutor Clinic