Faculty News for Professor Paul Cain

Paul CainPaul Cain
Clinical Professor

B.A., Colorado State University
J.D., Franklin Pierce Law Center
Email: pcain@niu.edu
Phone: (815) 752-8200
Off-Campus Phone: (815) 962-9980

NIU Law Clinical Faculty Present at the Midwest Clinic Teachers’ Conference

On September 13, 2014, the NIU Law Clinical Faculty (Professors Anita Maddali, Paul Cain, Wendy Vaughn, Alan Boudreau and Colleen Boraca) presented at the Midwest Clinic Teachers’ Conference at Michigan State University College of Law. The presentation, Community Lawyering: Looking Beyond your Backyard to Make a Difference, examined the role of community partnerships in developing and expanding clinical opportunities for law students. Faculty members shared how NIU’s legal clinics are working with various community partners to make a difference in multiple communities throughout northern Illinois.

Cain Re-Appointed to ISBA Criminal Justice Section Council

On April 11, 2014, Clinical Associate Professor Paul J. Cain was re-appointed by ISBA President-Elect Richard D. Felice to the ISBA Criminal Justice Section Counci for the 2014-2015 term. This will be Professor Cain's second consecutive year on the Council, which meets regularly to strategize on how best to serve the over 800 members of the ISBA, and provides services such as continuing legal education programs and a newsletter.

Professor Cain to Speak Before League of Women Voters

On November 18, 2013, Clinical Associate Professor Paul J. Cain will speak at the League of Women Voters event, “Illinois Concealed Carry Law: What You Need to Know.” Professor Cain will be one of three panelists. He will be joining Winnebago County State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato and Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence spokesperson Mark Walsh. Professor Cain will present an overview of the new concealed carry law while the other panelists will address their concerns about and ramifications of the new law from their perspectives. The panel will be moderated by Judge Dan Doyle, former Winnebago County State’s Attorney and former Appellate Court Judge.

Professor Cain Presents to Rockford Housing Authority

On October 30, 2013, Clinical Associate Professor Paul J. Cain presented on the topic of “Criminal Backgrounds and Employers” to the Rockford, IL Housing Authority ReBuild program. Professor Cain discussed the impact of several federal and state laws affecting applying for employment when you have a criminal background including the Fair Credit Reporting Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Criminal Identification Act, the Illinois Human Rights Act and the Employment Record Disclosure Act. ReBuild is a four-month program with a classroom component to assist and equip participants with the skills and tools needed to become self-sufficient.

Professor Cain Presents to WCBA

On April 26, 2013, Clinical Associate Professor Paul J. Cain presented on the topic “Expungement and Sealing of Criminal Records” for the Winnebago County Bar Association Criminal Law Section Continuing Legal Education program. Professor Cain presented on how to expunge and seal both adult and juvenile criminal records, request clemency through the Prisoner Review Board and Governor’s Office, and obtain certificates of rehabilitation.

Clinical Associate Professor Paul J. Cain Appointed to Criminal Justice Section Council

On April 22, 2013, Clinical Associate Professor Paul J. Cain was appointed by ISBA President-Elect Paula H. Holderman to the ISBA Criminal Justice Section Council. The mission of ISBA Criminal Justice Section is to work for a system of criminal justice that fairly protects the accused, the accuser, and the public in general; to seek or oppose change, as considered appropriate, by legislative activity, recommendations on court rules and recommendations to agencies; and to educate and inform lawyers and the general public through newsletters, seminars and other appropriate channels of communication. The Council provides leadership to the more than 800 ISBA members of the Criminal Justice Section as well as continuing legal education programs and a newsletter.

Clinical Associate Professor Paul J. Cain Elected to Board of Directors of the Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys

Clinical Associate Professor Paul J. Cain has been elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers for a term of three years commencing November 10, 2012. The Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (IACDL) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to defending the rights of all persons as guaranteed by the United States’ Constitution. Its membership consists of private criminal defense lawyers and public defenders throughout the State of Illinois. The mission of IACDL is to preserve the adversary system of justice; to maintain and foster independent and able criminal defense lawyers and to ensure due process for persons accused of crimes. In addition to serving on the Board, Prof. Cain will chair the Law Professor Committee and the Juvenile Law Committee of the IACDL.

Professor Paul Cain Quoted in Television Story on New Juvenile Justice Clinic

On October 3, 2012, Clinical Associate Professor Paul Cain appeared in a report by WIFR-TV in Rockford, Illinois.  The report detailed the NIU College of Law's newly-opened Juvenile Justice Clinic, which Cain coordinates, and the efforts of its students to help curb overcrowding in the Winnebago County juvenile detention center.  The clinic began operating out of the Zeke Giorgi Legal Clinic building in Rockford this fall.