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Mark W. CordesMark W. Cordes
Professor of Law

B.S., Portland State University
M.A., Fuller Theological Seminary
J.D., Willamette University
J.S.M., Stanford University

Email: mcordes@niu.edu
Phone: (815) 753-0380
Room: 270

Biography

Mark Cordes has taught courses in Property, Land Use Controls, Constitutional Law, First Amendment and Environmental Law. He was editor-in-chief of the Willamette Law Review and served as a law clerk to Justice Thomas Tongue of the Oregon Supreme Court after graduation from law school. He served as interim dean of the NIU College of Law from June 2015 to June 2016. Prior to coming to Northern, Cordes was a teaching fellow at Stanford Law School for two years.

Cordes is the author of more than two dozen book chapters and law review articles in the areas of property, free speech, religion, environmental law and land use controls. He was a significant contributor to the revision of Thompson on Real Property, a leading multi-volume treatise on Property Law. In addition to his law review articles, Cordes also contributed five entries to the recent Encyclopedia of American Civil Liberties.

Cordes is an avid runner, having completed sixteen marathons, including eleven Chicago Marathons. Cordes served in the U.S. Army from 1970-72, including a tour in Vietnam, where he earned the Combat Infantry Badge and the Purple Heart.

Recent Activities

  • Working with an interdisciplinary group on the NIU campus developing academic and engagement activities related to environmental law.

Books and Chapters

  • Religion as Speech: The Growing Role of Free Speech Jurisprudence in Protecting Religious Liberty, in The American Experiment: Religious Freedom (Margaret  M. Hogan & Lauretta C. Frederking, eds., 2008).
  • Transfer of Landlord and Tenant Interests, in 5 Thompson On Real Property 285 (David Thomas ed., 1994 & Cum. Supp. 1995-1998).
  • Statutory Modifications of Landlord and Tenant Law, in 5 Thompson On Real Property 343 (David Thomas ed., 1994 & Cum. Supp. 1995-1998).

Encyclopedia Entries

  • Prayer in Public Schools, in 2 Encyclopedia of American Civil Liberties 1196 (2006).
  • Limitations on Clergy Holding Office, in 2 Encyclopedia of American Civil Liberties 921 (2006).
  • Santa Fe Independent School District v. Doe, in 3 Encyclopedia of American Civil Liberties 1422 (2006).
  • Lamb's Chapel v. Center Moriches Union Free School Districtin 2 Encyclopedia of American Civil Liberties 906 (2006).
  • Time, Place and Manner Restrictions, in 3 Encyclopedia of American Civil Liberties 1657 (2006).

Articles

  • Schools, Worship, and the First Amendment, 48 Suffolk Law Review 9-65 (2015).
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  • The First Amendment and Religion After Hosanna-Tabor, 41 Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly 299-355 (2014).
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  • The Land Use Jurisprudence of Chief Justice Rehnquist and Justice Stevens: Two Views on Balancing Public and Private Interests in Property,  34 Environs: Environmental Law and Policy Journal 1 (Fall 2010). 
    | SSRN | PDF |
  • The Fairness Dimension of Takings Jurisprudence, 20 Kansas Journal of Law and Public Policy 1 (Fall 2010).
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  • Making Sense of High School Speech After Morse v. Frederick, 17 Wm. & Mary Bill Rts. J. 657 (2009).
    | SSRN | PDF |
  • Religion as Speech: The Growing Role of Free Speech Jurisprudence in Protecting Religious Liberty, 38 Sw. L. Rev. 235 (2008). 
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  • Takings Jurisprudence as Three-Tiered Review, 20 J. Nat. Resources & Envtl. L. 1 (2006).
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  • Fairness and Farmland Preservation: A Response to Professor Richardson, 20 J. Land Use & Envtl. L. 371 (2005).
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  • Affirmative Action After Grutter and Gratz, 24 N. Ill. U. L. Rev. 691 (2004).
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  • The Effect of Palazzolo v. Rhode Island on Takings and Environmental Land Use Regulation, 43 Santa Clara L. Rev. 337 (2002).
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  • Agricultural Zoning: Impacts and Future Directions, 22 N. Ill. U. L. Rev. 419 (2002).
    | SSRN | PDF |
  • Prayer in Public Schools After Santa Fe Independent School District, 90 Ky. L.J. 1 (2002).
    | SSRN | PDF |
  • Politics, Religion, and the First Amendment, 50 DePaul L. Rev. 111 (2000).
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  • Property Rights and Land Use Controls: Balancing Private and Public Interests, 19 N. Ill. U. L. Rev. 629 (2000).
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  • Takings, Fairness, and Farmland Preservation, 60 Ohio St. L.J. 1033 (1999).
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  • The Public/Private Balance in Land Use Regulation, 1998 Detroit C. L. Mich. St. U. L. Rev. 681 (1998).
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  • Leapfrogging the Constitution: The Rise of State Takings Legislation, 24 Ecology L.Q. 187 (1997).
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  • Property and the First Amendment, 31 U. Rich. L. Rev. 1 (1997).
    | SSRN | PDF |
  • Legal Limits on Development Exactions: Responding to Nollan and Dolan, 15 N. Ill. U. L. Rev. 513 (1995).
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  • Sign Regulation After Ladue: Examining the Evolving Limits of First Amendment Protection, 74 Neb. L. Rev. 36 (1995).
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  • Preparing Minority Students for Law School: The Program for Minority Access to Law School, 12 N. Ill. U. L. Rev. 267 (1992).
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  • Policing Bias and Conflicts of Interest in Zoning Decisionmaking, 65 N.D. L. Rev. 161 (1989).
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  • Where to Pray? Religious Zoning and the First Amendment, 35 Kan. L. Rev. 697 (1987), reprinted in 21 Land Use & Envtl. L. Rev. 97 (1989).
    | SSRN | PDF |

Other Legal Writing:

  • Bong Hits 4 Jesus: Making Sense of Free Speech in High Schools, The Professor's Column, N. ILL. U. C. L. (Nov. 2008). 
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Areas of Expertise:

Property, Environmental Law, Land Use Controls, Constitutional Law, and First Amendment

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