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Hannon, Margaret C.

Clinical Professor of Law
Legal Practice Program

311 Hutchins Hall

Professor Margaret C. Hannon joined the Law School faculty in 2013 as a clinical assistant professor in the Legal Practice Program. She previously taught legal research, writing, and reasoning as a clinical assistant and clinical associate professor at Northwestern Law School, where she also served as the assistant director and interim director of the legal research and writing program. In recognition of her teaching, Professor Hannon received Northwestern's Dean's Teaching Award and Dean's Teaching Award Honorable Mention. Professor Hannon practiced law at Bell, Boyd & Lloyd LLP (now K&L Gates LLP). Her practice focused on labor and employment counseling and litigation, and the negotiation and administration of collective bargaining agreements. She is an active member of the Legal Writing Institute; in addition to presenting at its academic conferences, she is a member of the awards committee and a member of the editorial board for one of its journals, The Monograph Series. In addition, Professor Hannon is an associate editor for Legal Communication & Rhetoric: JALWD, the journal of the Association of Legal Writing Directors. She also is a member of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Legal Writing Section and the AALS Section on Teaching Methods. Professor Hannon is the co-author of Aspen Publishers' From Theory to Practice: Employment Discrimination Law (with Rachel Croskery-Roberts), and is under contract with Aspen Publishers to co-author From Theory to Practice: Employment Law (also with Croskery-Roberts). Professor Hannon received her BA from Binghamton University, cum laude, and her JD from Michigan Law, where she was a notes editor for the Michigan Law Review.

Recent Publications

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"Spoiler Alert: When the Supreme Court Ruins Your Brief Problem Mid-Semester." Persp.: Teaching Legal Res. & Writing 27, no. 2 (2019): 82-6.
Full Text: SSRN

"Plant Closings and Reductions in Force." In Employment Termination: Procedures, Grounds, and Challenges. 2018 ed., 5-1 to 5-47. Springfield: Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 2018.


Co-presented "Whipping Up Wellness: Promoting the Well-Being of LRW Faculty and Students for a Successful Program" at the Association of Legal Writing Directors Conference, Boston, May 2019.

Participated in the inaugural Association of Legal Writing Directors Leadership Academy, Boston, May 2019.

Co-presented "Developing a Professional Identity in the First Year of Law School" at the Legal Writing Institute Biennial Conference, July 2018.

As co-counsel for plaintiffs in two civil rights cases, Johnson v. Vanderkooi and Harrison v. Vanderkooi, obtained a favorable decision from the Michigan Supreme Court regarding municipal liability under Section 1983. The case has been remanded to the Michigan Court of Appeals to address Fourth Amendment challenges to the "photo and print" procedures of the City of Grand Rapids as applied to juveniles who are stopped by police and who lack identification.

Co-presented "The Sooner, the Better: How Live Client Work for 1L LRW Students Helps Them Develop a Shared Professional Identity" at the Association of Legal Writing Directors Biennial Conference, Minneapolis, July 2017.