Colleen Boraca

Colleen Boraca
Clinical Assistant Professor 

H.B.A., Marquette University
J.D., Loyola University of Chicago School of Law



Email: cboraca@niu.edu 
Phone: (630) 229-0752 

Biography

Colleen Boraca is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the College of Law’s Clinic Faculty.  She joined the NIU College of Law in 2014 and directs NIU’s new Health Advocacy Clinic in Aurora, IL.  The clinic is an interdisciplinary partnership between NIU College of Law, Hesed House and Aunt Martha’s Health Center.

Prior to joining the NIU College of Law, Professor Boraca was a Supervising Attorney at the AIDS Legal Council of Chicago.  In addition to a regular caseload of discrimination and government benefits issues, she headed the Council’s Family Support Project which works with attorneys and social workers to help families affected by HIV/AIDS access quality health care, achieve financial stability, and make thoughtful future plans for their children.  Professor Boraca served as a Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney for seven years in both the Child Support Enforcement Division and the Seniors and Persons with Disabilities Unit.  As part of her duties, she conducted bi-monthly trainings on mental health law for Chicago Police Officers specializing in crisis intervention.  She is a former chair of the Chicago Bar Association Mental Health and Disability Law Committee.

Professor Boraca’s dedication to clinical education started as a Student Attorney and Teaching Fellow at the Loyola University Chicago Elder Law Clinic.  She served as an Adjunct Clinical Professor in Loyola’s Health Justice Project during the 2012-2013 year, teaching courses on Health Justice and Interdisciplinary Health Advocacy.

In 2011, Professor Boraca was a recipient of the Chicago Bar Foundation Sun-Times Public Interest Law Fellowship, an award that recognizes commitment to public interest work, academic achievement and integrity. 

Professor Boraca received her J.D., cum laude, with a certificate in health law from the Loyola University Chicago School of Law.  She graduated with an H.B.A., cum laude, from Marquette University in Political Science and Communication Studies.

Recent Activities

  • Panel Presentation, “People Living with HIV/AIDS and Employment Services,” Chicago Jobs Council, Chicago, IL (Mar. 2013).
  • Presenter, “The Role of Medical Providers in Social Security Cases,” Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, IL (Feb. 2013).
  • Presenter, “Recent Changes in Public Benefits,” Howard Brown Health Center, Chicago, IL (Sept. 2012).
  • Panel Presentation, “Finding Representation for the Unrepresented in Administrative Hearings,” American Bar Association National Conference of the Administrative Law Judiciary, Chicago, IL (Aug. 2012).
  • Panel Presentation, “Social Welfare and Poverty Law,” Norman Amaker Public Interest Law and Social Justice Retreat, Woodstock, IL (Feb. 2012).
  • Co-Presenter, “HIV/AIDS Legal and Clinical Issues for Mental Health Attorneys,” Chicago Bar Association Mental Health and Disability Law Committee, Chicago, IL (Feb. 2011).

Areas of Expertise

Poverty Law, HIV/AIDS Law, Mental Health Law