Faculty and Administration Profiles

Alison Downs Spanner

Title/s:  Adjunct Professor



Alison Downs Spanner works for the Illinois Supreme Court in the Civil Justice Division at the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts. Alison staffs the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Access to Justice and has worked on a variety of policy matters including the creation of plain language legal forms, procedural fairness, improving remote access to courts through technology, increasing awareness of and addressing implicit bias, and developing community trust and public confidence in the courts.  

Alison began her career in private practice where she worked on a wide range of matters including appeals, legal malpractice, family law, contract disputes, and employment litigation. She currently serves the Oak Park Board of Trustees as a Community Development Citizens Advisory Commissioner.

While in law school she pursued a Certificate in Public Interest Law and was awarded Chicago-Kent's Certificate of Service. She worked as a law clerk at Cabrini Green Legal in the criminal records division, and was a family law summer intern at LAF (formerly Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago).  To fund her employment, she was awarded a Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) Fellowship and an Equal Justice America Fellowship.


BA, Miami University, 2007
JD, Chicago-Kent College of Law, 2010