Professor Kling received his bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois
and his law degree in 1971 from Northwestern University. After graduating, he joined the
Cook County Public Defender's Office, where from 1976 to 1981 he was a member of the
Special Homicide Task Force. Professor Kling has tried hundreds of murder cases,
including 28 capital cases, and continues to have an active criminal practice in state
and federal courts around the country.
Professor Kling joined the faculty of the law school in 1981, having previously taught
trial advocacy at Northwestern University School of Law. He also taught for the Illinois
Defender Project's intensive training programs for lawyers, lectured at
Northwestern's Short Course for Defense Lawyers, and has been a faculty member of
the National Institute for Trial Advocacy.
Professor Kling has regularly appeared as a professor-reporter for the Administrative
Office of the Illinois Courts and was recently appointed professor-reporter by the
Illinois Supreme Court for the Capital Case Committee. He teaches classes in Evidence,
Forensic Sciences and Professional Responsibility at the law school, regularly lectures
to lawyers and judges on the Illinois Rules of Evidence, and participates in CLE programs
for bar associations and public defender's offices in Chicago and surrounding
Professor Kling is co-editor of a three-volume training manual for the Cook County Public
Defender and is the author of Illinois Criminal Defense Motions, a manual of motions for
Illinois criminal defense practitioners. He is regularly quoted and interviewed by local
and national electronic and print media regarding cases in which he is involved and other
cases of note, as well as general criminal justice issues.
Criminal Law and Procedure
Practice and Procedure