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Faculty and Administration Profiles

Allen E. Shoenberger

Title/s:  John J. Waldron Professor of Law

Office #:  Corboy 1325

Phone: 312.208.3142

Email: ashoen1@luc.edu

CV Link: Shoenberger CV.pdf


Professor Shoenberger first taught at the University of Nairobi, in Kenya from 1969 to 1971 which coincided with the opening of the new law school in Kenya.

Subsequently, he commenced teaching Constitutional Law at Loyola and soon began representing prisoners on appeals before various federal courts of appeals (primarily the Seventh Circuit) as well as on two occasions before the U.S. Supreme Court (preserving in one case a constitutional right related the Miranda, and resulting in an opinion that is among the most cited decisions of the Supreme Court (well over 18,000 citations).

In recent decades much of his publication has been in the area of Comparative Law with focus on a comparison of the jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights such as freedom of speech, defamation, and privacy.


BA, Swarthmore, 1966
JD, Columbia, 1969
LLM, New York University, 1972

Courses Taught

Administrative Law
Constitutional Law in various formats
First Amendment Freedoms
Comparative Freedom of Speech
International Human Rights Law
Comparative Law
Law and Medicine
Environmental Law
Street Law
Appellate Practicum (representing prisoners on court appointment before the 7th circuit as well as other circuits, including several cases before the U.S. Supreme Court)

Selected Publications

Professor Allen Shoenberger's SSRN Webpage


Fundamental Rights in the European Union, 29 Human Rights Q. 1131 (2007) (book review)

Muzzling and Caging Administrative Law Judges: The Social Security Administration Attempts to Control its Most "Notorious" Employees, 25 J. Nat'l Ass'n. Admin. L. Judges 429 (2005)

Messages from Strasbourg: Lessons for American Courts from the Highest Volume Human Rights Court in the World - The European Court of Human Rights, 27 Whittier L. Rev. 357 (2005)

The European View of American Justice, 36 Loy.U.Chi. L.J. 603 (2005) [article]

The Active Administrative Law Judge: Is there harm in an ALJ asking? 18 J.N.A.A.L.J. 395 (1998)

Security of Tenure of Administrative Law Judges: How much can an ALJ say and still stay an ALJ, 17 J.N.A.A.L.J. 219 (1997)

Recent Presentations

Spoke on First Amendment law and judicial independence at a conference sponsored by the Illinois Association of Administrative Law Judges, 2006.