Prof. Joanne Simboli Hodge is a graduate of Swarthmore College and Northwestern Law
School. After law school, she clerked for the Honorable Luther Swygert on the Seventh
Circuit Court of Appeals. From 1986-1998, she was an Assistant Corporation Counsel with
the City of Chicago Law Department, working in the Appeals Division (1986-89), the Labor
and Personnel Division (1989-93), and the Labor Division (1993-97). During that time, she
defended the City on employment matters including Title VII and constitutional litigation
in federal court and retaliatory discharge, defamation, and mandamus actions in state
court. She also handled a variety of administrative cases before the EEOC, IDHR, and
Labor Board and represented the City in labor arbitrations. Professor Hodge then served
as an Administrative Law Judge with the Illinois Human Rights Commission.
Following that time, she was an associate with Chicago-based firm Neal Murdock &
LeRoy, where she litigated, consulted on, and mediated employment and labor matters.
Immediately prior to coming to John Marshall, Professor Hodge taught at the DePaul
University College of Law. She came to John Marshall as a Visiting Professor in 2004 and
joined the full-time faculty in 2006. She teaches Employment Law, Disability Law,
Lawyering Skills, Appellate Writing, Contracts II, and Alternative Dispute Resolution,
and is Associate Director of the moot court program.
In 2009 she was honored as Favorite Professor of the Graduating Class, as well as
Favorite Professor of Small Classes. She sits upon the school Strategic Planning
Committee and mentors students applying for federal clerkships. She is a certified
mediator, supervises students in the pro bono mortgage foreclosure mediation program, and
is involved in drafting rules for the new Elder Law court mediation project. In addition,
Prof. Hodge serves as co-chair of the amicus committee for the National Association of
Women Lawyers and co-wrote the organization's successful amicus brief in the Title
IX/Equal Protection case of Fitzgerald v. Barnstable.
Contributions to Books
Speaker (with Mary Nagel), Hearing Officers and Administrative Law Judges with the Illinois Department of Human Services and Healthcare and Family Services (2014)
How to Write Review-Proof Decisions (with Anthony S. Niedwiecki, Mary Nagel, Ardath Hamann, Jamie Kleppetsch, and Lurene Contento), National Association of Administrative Law Judiciary, 39th Annual Conference (2013)