Douglas Wm. Godfrey

Professor of Legal Research and Writing

Professor Godfrey received his B.A. with honors (history and philosophy) and M.A. (literature) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He received his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. Prior to joining IIT Chicago-Kent he was the sole practitioner of the Law Office of Douglas Wm. Godfrey, where he practiced litigation, including criminal defense, civil litigation and appellate practice. Before establishing his own firm, he was a prosecutor in the Kings County District Attorney's office, where he served in the sex crimes and homicide bureaus.

After leaving New York, Professor Godfrey joined a large Chicago law firm, Katten, Muchin and Zavis, where he was a litigation attorney. He is a member of the Illinois State Bar, New York State Bar, United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (including the Trial Bar), United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, Illinois Attorneys for Criminal Justice (Board of Directors), Chicago Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.


J.D., University of Michigan Law School
M.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
B.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Legal Research and Writing Program


Access to Justice; Courts and Judges; Criminal Law and Procedure; Evidence; Juries; Legal Education; Legal Profession and Professional Ethics; Legal Research and Writing; Rule of Law; Science and Technology; Trial Practice; US Supreme Court; White Collar Crime

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