Shannon M. Moritz

Director, Legal Research and Writing Program
Assistant Clinical Professor of Law


Shannon Moritz graduated from Northwestern University, earning a bachelor of arts with highest distinction in economics and psychology. She then received her JD cum laude from Harvard Law School. Following law school, she practiced labor and employment law at the Chicago law firm of Mayer, Brown & Platt.

Professor Moritz began teaching at the College in 1998, and became the director of legal writing in 2000. She served as the interim assistant dean of Student Affairs in 2002. Her current research and writing interests are focused in two areas: employment discrimination and legal research, writing and analysis.

She has been admitted to the bar in Illinois and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.


JD Harvard Law School
BA Northwestern University

Areas of Expertise

Legal Research and Writing
Appellate Advocacy
Employment Discrimination


Advanced Legal Writing: Appellate Advocacy
Douglass External Competition
Environmental External Competition
Green External Competition
HNBA External Competitions
Intro to Advanced Teach Practicum
Introduction to Advocacy
IP External Competitions
Jessup External Competitions
Law Teaching Practicum
Legal Writing & Analysis
Legal Writing Teaching Practicum
LLM Legal Writing and Research