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Shakira D. Pleasant

Director, Legal Writing Resource Center; Assistant Professor of Law


Building & Room:



300 S. State Street, Chicago, Illinois 60604

Office Phone:

(312) 427-2737 ext. 348

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Shakira Pleasant joined UIC Law in 2019 as Assistant Professor of Law and Director of the Writing Resource Center. Previously, she taught at law school and undergraduate campuses in Miami, Savannah, and Washington, D.C.

Professor Pleasant holds a J.D. and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. She is also licensed in California, the District of Columbia, and the United States Supreme Court. As a licensed attorney, Professor Pleasant worked in Washington, D.C. and has experience in land use, administrative law, regulation and policy-drafting, disability law, and HIPAA/privacy law. Her scholarly interests include higher education, disability law, and process management/improvement. Her work has been published in the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law, the Journal of Legal Communication & Rhetoric, the University of Miami Business Law Review, and the University of Denver Online Law Review.

In her prior role as Director of the Writing Resource Center, Professor Pleasant ensured that students’ experience was both enlightening and empowering. She believes that a growth mindset is essential to the practice of law and impressed upon more than 400 students that she individually coached over four years that clear, concise, and thoughtful legal drafting is a necessary skill to have a long professional career.