Howard C. Eglit

Professor of Law Emeritus

Professor Eglit's scholarly interests are in the areas of law and aging, employment discrimination, constitutional law, and remedies. He has authored numerous journal articles and several books, including a three-volume treatise titled Age Discrimination (Thomson Reuters, 2d ed. 1994 & annual supplements) and a sociological/anthropological examination of age and law issues, titled Elders on Trial: Age and Ageism in the American Legal System (Florida University Press 2004). He also serves as an arbitrator and has been admitted to a number of arbitration panels.

Professor Eglit holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan and a law degree from the University of Chicago, where he served on the Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif. Prior to joining the IIT Chicago-Kent faculty, Professor Eglit served in several capacities, including counsel to the United States House of Representatives Judiciary Committee and legal director of the Illinois Division of the American Civil Liberties Union.

Professor Eglit has served on numerous boards, including the Illinois chapter, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, and the Illinois Division, American Civil Liberties Union. He also served as vice-president of Terra Nova Films and chaired the Highland Park Historic Preservation Commission. He is a member of the advisory committee for the Buehler Center on Aging, McGaw Medical Center, Northwestern University. Professor Eglit has also been active in university governance, including serving as chair of the University Faculty Council in 2001-02 and 2002-03.

Professor Eglit's most recent book—titled Age, Old Age, Language, Law—was published in the spring of 2014. The book addresses the uses and misuses of language both to create and to perpetuate ageism, i.e. negative biases regarding the elderly.


J.D., University of Chicago Law School
B.A., University of Michigan


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Elder Law; Remedies