Stacey L. Tutt

Clinical Professor of Law
Director of Community Preservation Clinic


Professor Stacey L. Tutt joined the College of Law in June 2011 to develop and direct the Community Preservation Clinic, which teaches students the skills of lawyering while exploring a community-based, non-traditional approach to poverty law. The clinic works to develop and implement a comprehensive response to community blight brought on by the foreclosure crisis.

She is currently president of the Board of Directors for Illinois Legal Aid Online.

Prior to teaching, Professor Tutt was managing attorney at Prairie State Legal Services, Inc. in Bloomington, Illinois. In this role, she supervised civil legal services to low-income residents and seniors in Livingston, McLean, and East Woodford counties. For over six years, she represented clients in maintaining housing benefits, landlord-tenant issues, utility problems, obtaining public benefits, Orders of Protection, family law matters, prevention of mortgage foreclosures, and bankruptcy. Professor Tutt also created a Lawyer-in-the-Courtroom program for the McLean County Forcible Entry and Detainer docket call to assist in the prevention of homelessness. Prior to joining Prairie State, Stacey served as the associate director of career services at the University of Illinois College of Law.

Professor Tutt graduated from the University of Illinois College of Law in 2003 where, among many other honors, she received the Illinois Women’s Bar Association Public Service Scholarship, the Rickert Award for Excellence in Public Service, and served as the president of the Public Interest Law Foundation. She also earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology with honors from the University of Illinois.


BS, JD University of Illinois

Areas of Expertise

Poverty Law


Clinical Assistantships
Community Preservation Clinic

Selected Publications


Assessing Mental Capacity and Related Rule Changes, Growing Old Gracefully Symposium, McLean County Bar Association, September 21, 2010

Can This House Be Saved? McLean County Bar Association, October 19, 2010

Foreclosures in Today’s Legal and Economic Environment, McLean County Bar Association, February 17, 2009

Integrating Asset Building in to Existing Services and Programs, Illinois Asset Building Group Annual Conference, November 2012

Navigating Foreclosure Mediations, McLean County Bar Association, September 17, 2013

Foreclosure Mediation Training for Pro Bono Attorneys in Kankakee, Illinois, June 19, 2014

Recent Research on the Foreclosure Situation in Illinois American Planning Association – Illinois Chapter Conference, Panel Presentation, October 2014

State Farm Pro Bono Program Foreclosure Mediation Training in Bloomington, Illinois, October 24, 2014

Co-facilitated the Housing Clinic break out session, Midwest Clinic Conference, September 2014

Foreclosure Mediation as an Enforcement Mechanism, The Indiana Journal of Law and Social Equality Symposium, April 2015

Funding the Law School Clinic Through “Soft Money” – Restraints and Possibilities for Pedagogy and Social Justice AALS Conference on Clinical Legal Education, Panelist, May 2015

Income Inequality in McLean County: really? In OUR community?, League of Women Voters, February 29, 2016

Foreclosure Mediation in McLean County, The Central Illinois Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, April 19, 2015.