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Professor Eric Sirota joined Michigan Law School's Veterans Legal Clinic as a clinical teaching fellow. He spent the previous four years helping to run the University of Illinois College of Law's Community Preservation Clinic, which represented homeowners in foreclosure cases and other housing-related consumer protection matters. During his last year at Illinois, he also led the Elder Financial Justice Clinic, which helped protect seniors from financial exploitation in a variety of circumstances.
Professor Sirota has a diverse array of legal experience. Prior to beginning his career as a clinician, he worked as an assistant attorney general in the Illinois Attorney General's Consumer Fraud Bureau. There, he led investigations and litigation against an array of businesses, ranging from major pharmaceutical companies to late-night kitchenware advertisers to local roofing contractors. Most notably, Professor Sirota initiated and, until leaving the office, led litigation against Safeguard Properties, the nation's largest default property management company for evicting legal occupants from their homes. The lawsuit gained above-the-fold coverage in The New York Times and resulted in a settlement providing relief to Illinois consumers and prompting Safeguard to reform its practices. Prior to working with the Illinois Attorney General, Professor Sirota worked for Prairie State Legal Services, a legal aid organization in Central and Northern Illinois. Along with representing clients in a variety of matters, Professor Sirota served as Prairie State's representative on a statewide utility Percentage of Income Payment Plan implementation committee.
Professor Sirota graduated magna cum laude from the University of Illinois College of Law in 2009. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in history, cum laude, from Brandeis University in 2004.
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