Sheila Maloney
Coordinator of Externships/Supervisor of Civil Externships

B.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
J.D., Northwestern University

Phone: (815) 753-9479, ask for Sheila Maloney


Sheila Maloney, Esq. is a skilled mediator and arbitrator with experience in resolving emotionally charged matters.  In addition to her arbitration decisions, Sheila has reached mediation settlements in a variety of business and commercial matters.  She is the author of “The American Bar Association’s Guide to Resolving Your Dispute: Inside and Outside of the Courtroom.”  Sheila is an adjunct at Northern Illinois University College of Law for the Fall 2013 semester.  She is supervising Civil Externships and teaching the Civil Externship classroom component.

Sheila is currently a Hearing Officer at the Chicago Housing Authority, presiding over administrative proceedings involving lifetime housing voucher benefits. Prior to her work at the CHA, Sheila was the Assistant Director for the Program on Negotiation and Mediation at Northwestern University, School of Law, teaching courses in negotiation and mediation.  Sheila wrote curriculum for, administered, and taught in the nationally recognized Lawyer as Problem Solver program for first year Northwestern law students.  Sheila received the Dean’s Teaching Award, and was voted outstanding professor of a small class.  She was also a three-time recipient of the Student Bar Association Faculty Appreciation Award.

In addition to presenting at numerous conflict resolution conferences, Sheila has also been retained by a number of law firms, companies and non-profit organizations to train employees on conflict resolution techniques.  She is a former business litigation attorney at Locke Lord LLP, focusing on general commercial litigation.  Additionally, Sheila has worked as an Assistant to the Special Master in administering federal class action settlements. 

Sheila is a founding Board Member and Conflict Resolution Specialist at Legal Prep Charter Academy, Chicago’s only legal-themed charter high school, located in the Garfield Park community.  Sheila also launched Chicago LegalTrek, a pipeline program designed to encourage traditionally underrepresented students to enter, and succeed in, the legal profession.  The program is a collaboration between the Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms and Northwestern University School of Law.

Sheila received her undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and her law degree from Northwestern University School of Law. Sheila is a member of the American Bar Association, National Association of Administrative Law Judges, and the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois.