David J. Robinson

Adjunct Professor


David J. Robinson is the Deputy Director of the Fourth District at the Illinois State’s Attorneys Appellate Prosecutor’s Office in Springfield, Illinois, and currently acting Deputy Director of the Fifth District. In addition to his adjunct faculty position at the University of Illinois College of Law, David teaches legal studies at Robert Morris University where he serves on the University’s Advisory Board. He also  participates in murder trials and supervises hundreds of criminal 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 (July 2015)) and frequently lectures on topics important to the bench and bar (for example, “Fines & Fees,” Illinois Association of Circuit Clerks, Downtown Hilton, Springfield, Illinois (April 28, 2015) and “Cell Phone Searches and Riley v. California,” Central Illinois Women’s Bar Association – Springfield, Illinois (March 17, 2015)). He writes a recurring column for the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and publishes a monthly Case Law Update for the Agency. 

David 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, and the family dog, Mac.


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


State Appellate Prosecutor Clinic