William Van Hagey

Adjunct Professor


Professor Van Hagey received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Illinois. He clerked for Chief Justice Robert C. Underwood of the Illinois Supreme Court following graduation. He then joined Chadwell & Kayser, Ltd., a large corporate and trade regulation law firm in Chicago, becoming an officer there. He later formed his own firm, Van Hagey & Bogan, Ltd., specializing in intellectual property and trade regulation litigation throughout the United States. He is a former chairman of the Franchise Advisory Board in the office of the Attorney General of Illinois.

Long active in University affairs, Professor Van Hagey was president of the College’s board of visitors. He has served as a director on the boards of the University of Illinois Alumni Association, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Alumni Association, and Japan House, the Japanese cultural center. He served as visiting assistant dean for alumni and development at the College in 1992-1993, joining the adjunct faculty in 1993. He is also a director of Prairie Rivers Network, the Illinois affiliate of the National Wildlife Foundation, and served on the first board of the Land Conservation Foundation.

Professor Van Hagey offers a unique seminar on practical problems for lawyers investigating and evaluating facts, using the assassination of President John F. Kennedy as the research problem.


BA, JD University of Illinois