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Julie M. Spanbauer

Vice Dean for Academic Affairs; Professor of Law


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300 S. State Street, Chicago, Illinois 60604

Office Phone:

(312) 427-2737 ext. 385

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Professor Julie Spanbauer has served as UIC Law's Vice Dean for Academic Affairs since 2017 and served as Interim Dean from June 2021–2022. Dean Spanbauer previously served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs since her appointment in 2015 and as Director of Faculty Affairs from 2014–2015. From 2004­–2008, she served as Director of the Summer College for Assessing Legal Education Skills (SCALES), the Law School’s special admissions program. She joined the law faculty in 1990.

In 2008, Dean Spanbauer was named a Fulbright Senior Specialist Grant Recipient and taught at the Institute of Technology Law, National Chiao Tung University in Taipei, Taiwan. She has lectured internationally at Trinity College in Ireland and in China. From 2001–2004, Dean Spanbauer served as the director of two programs, sponsored by the International Law Institute in Washington, DC, to prepare international LLM students to enter law schools throughout the United States.

Before entering academia, Dean Spanbauer clerked for Hon. Andrew P. Rodovich, U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Northern District of Indiana, Hammond Division, and Hon. James T. Moody, U.S. District Court Judge for the Northern District of Indiana, Hammond Division.

Dean Spanbauer has published numerous articles addressing discrimination, contract law, and women’s issues and has organized and served as a panel moderator at diverse conferences involving discrimination issues. Outside of academia, she has served as a member of the board of directors at Between Friends (formerly Friends of Battered Women and their Children), a not-for-profit organization providing counseling, advocacy, and education services for abused women and their children.

She has taught Employment Discrimination, Contracts, and Lawyering Skills.