Prentice H. Marshall Professor Emerita
Laurie Reynolds is a Research Professor and the Prentice H. Marshall Professor Emerita at the University of Illinois. She received a master’s degree in Spanish linguistics and a JD degree summa cum laude from the University of Illinois, where she was editor-in-chief of the Illinois Law Forum (law review). Before joining the faculty in 1982, she practiced with Jenner & Block in Chicago.
Her research projects focus on issues of local government law, school funding law, and regionalism, and she has written various law review articles on those topics. With Professor Richard Briffault of the Columbia University School of Law, Professor Reynolds published the seventh edition of State and Local Government Law. With Professor David McCarthy, Dean Emeritus of the Georgetown University Law Center, she co-authored the fifth edition of Local Government Law in a Nutshell. She collaborates with municipal attorneys, public interest law firms, and local government units to advance home rule powers, public employee rights, intelligent land use planning, and fair commercial practices.
In retirement, she continues to teach State and Local Government Law and has collaborated extensively with Local Solutions Support Center, a national project undertaken by advocates and law professors to defend local democracy, bolster home rule, and protect local policies from state preemption.
MA, JD University of Illinois
BA Georgetown University
Areas of Expertise
Law Teaching Practicum
State and Local Government
Topics in Education Law
Books and Chapters
Richard Briffault and Laurie Reynolds. CASES AND MATERIALS ON STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT LAW. West Publishing. (7th edition 2007).
David J. McCarthy, Jr., and Laurie Reynolds. LOCAL GOVERNMENT LAW IN A NUTSHELL. West Publishing. (5th edition 2003).
Zoning and Land Use Planning, Part III of USA Environmental Law, Kluwer International Encyclopaedia of Laws, The Hague (1997). Revised volume, January 2001.
Indian Land Claims, Chapter 67 of R. Powell’s multivolume treatise, Real Property, Vol. 5A, pp. 67-1 to 67-78 (Matthew Bender 1988 ed.) (revised and updated, 1994).
Articles and Essays
Inmigración, Federalismo, y Derecho Local en Estados Unidos, in FRANCISCO VELASCO CABALLERO (ED.), CIUDADES GLOBALES E INMIGRANTES: UN ESTUDIO COMPARADO SOBRE CHICAGO Y MADRID 27 – 57 (2013)
Federalismo de inmigración y regulaciones locales en los Estados Unidos, REVISTA DE ADMINISTRACIÓN LOCAL Y AUTONÓMICA, No. 315, pps. 11-39 (2013)
A Role for Local Government Law in Federal-State-Local Disputes, 43 URBAN LAWYER 977 – 1013 (2012)
Full State Funding of Education as a State Constitutional Imperative, 60 HASTINGS LAW JOURNAL 749-796 (2009)
Home Rule, Extraterritorial Impact, and the Region, 86 DENVER LAW REVIEW 1271-1302 (2009) (invited symposium piece)
Uniformity of Taxation and Illinois School Funding: A State Constitutional Perspective, 34 JOURNAL OF EDUCATION FINANCE 179-196 (2008) (invited symposium piece)