Janice Farrell Pea

Lecturer in Law


Professor Pea is a 1997 summa cum laude graduate of the College of Law, where she served as editor-in-chief of the University of Illinois Law Review. She has taught Legal Writing & Analysis, Introduction to Advocacy, Family Law, Decedents’ Estates & Trusts, Evidence, Remedies, Sexual Orientation & Law, and Advanced Torts, as well as seminars on Religion & Law and Judicial Opinion Writing.

She was an inaugural member of the Illinois Judicial College Committee on Judicial Branch Staff Education, helping to develop the curriculum for judicial law clerks and other professional staff. In addition, she served as senior law clerk to Justice Rita B. Garman of the Illinois Supreme Court for eighteen years.

Professor Pea holds an MBA from Case Western Reserve University and a BS in Health Information Management from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She was formerly a member of the faculty of the UIC College of Associated Health Professions.

She has twice been honored by the Champaign County Bar Association for her outstanding commitment to pro bono legal services, and she received the first campus-wide Ally Award in recognition of her work on LGBTQ+ issues.


JD University of Illinois
MBA Case Western Reserve University
BS University of Illinois at Chicago

Areas of Expertise

Family Law
Legal Writing
Appellate Advocacy


Legal Writing & Analysis
Introduction to Advocacy