Faculty News for Professor Marc Falkoff

Marc FalkoffMarc D. Falkoff
Associate Professor of Law

J.D., Columbia Law School
Ph.D., Brandeis University
M.A., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor/B.A., University of Pennsylvania
Email: mfalkoff@niu.edu  Phone: 815-753-0660

Falkoff Reflects on Loss of Privacy in "Criminal Convictions" Column

Professor Marc Falkoff had his monthly entry in his "Criminal Convictions" column featured in the April 17, 2014 edition of the Chicago Daily Law BulletinThe article discusses issues of privacy rights in the wake of the Illinois Supreme Court's rulings regarding recording of conversations in People v. Melongo and People v. Clark.  

Professor Falkoff Discusses Pro Bono Scholars in "Criminal Convictions" Column

Professor Marc Falkoff's March entry in his ongoing "Criminal Convictions" column appeared in the March 26, 2014 edition of the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.  The article details the proposed "Pro Bono Scholars" initiative introduced by New York Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman.  Falkoff discusses the proposal's potential ramifications for the state of legal education as well as the need for lawyers in society. 

Falkoff Writes on Jury Instruction Issues in "Criminal Convictions" Column

Professor Marc Falkoff's latest entry for his "Criminal Convictions" column appeared in the February 18, 2014 edition of the Chicago Daily Law BulletinHe critiques the recent decision in People v. Belknap, where an Illinois appellate court reversed a murder conviction based on de minimis errors during voir dire.

Professor Falkoff Publishes First 2014 Entry of "Criminal Convictions" Column

Professor Marc Falkoff has written his first "Criminal Convictions" piece of 2014, appearing in the January 20, 2014 edition of the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.  The column deals with sentencing of juvenile murderers and the Illinois retroactivity doctrine.

Professor Falkoff Authors Final "Criminal Convictions" Column of 2013

Professor Marc Falkoff's December "Criminal Convictions" piece on false confessions appeared in the December 26, 2013 edition of the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.

Professor Falkoff Publishes November "Criminal Convictions" Piece

Professor Marc Falkoff's latest "Criminal Convictions" column appeared in the November 25, 2013 edition of the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.  The column examined the city of Chicago's "investigative alert" system.  

Professor Falkoff Quoted in Rockford Register Star

Professor Marc Falkoff was quoted in Jeff Kolkey's article in the November 15, 2013 edition of the Rockford Reigster Star.  The article dealt with the issue of constitutional rights following an incident between the president of the local branch of the NAACP and the Rockford, IL police department.

Professor Marc Falkoff Writes October Edition of "Criminal Convictions"

Professor Marc Falkoff's latest "Criminal Convictions" column appeared in the October 24, 2013 edition of the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.  The column dealt with the problematic invocation of dictionary definitions by judges during court opinions.  

Professor Falkoff Takes Part in Experts Meeting on Guantanamo

Professor Marc Falkoff participated in an experts meeting during the first week of October 2013 at the Organization of American States, appearing before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in Washington, D.C., to discuss efforts to close Guantanamo Bay detention camp.

Professor Marc Falkoff Writes September Entry for "Criminal Convictions" 

Professor Marc Falkoff's latest column in his continuing series "Criminal Convictions" was published in the September 26, 2013 edition of the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.  This entry dealt with recent developments in the right to counsel during state post-conviction review, particularly after the 2012 U.S. Supreme Court Martinez v. Ryan decision.

Professor Falkoff Featured on WBEZ's Worldview

Professor Marc Falkoff was interviewed by Jerome McDonnell on the WBEZ 91.5 Chicago radio program Worldview on September 25, 2013.  Professor Falkoff, who served as a principal in the habeas representation of seventeen Guantanamo Bay detainees and edited the much-heralded book Poems From Guantánamo: The Detainees Speak, was brought on the show to talk about a recent recurrence of hunger strikes at Guantanamo Bay.

Falkoff Lectures on Habeas Corpus at Tenth Circuit Conference

Professor Marc Falkoff lectured on habeas corpus at the Tenth Circuit Bench and Bar Conference, in Colorado Springs, CO, held August 28-31.  Several hundred lawyers and judges from the six states of the Tenth Circuit were in attendance at the conference, which also featured Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

Professor Marc Falkoff Pens August Edition of "Criminal Convictions"

Professor Marc Falkoff's monthly "Criminal Convictions" column appeared in the August 19, 2013 Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.  The column looks at mandatory sentencing enhancements and the dangerous results they can have.

Professor Falkoff Writes July "Criminal Convictions" Column for Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

Professor Marc Falkoff's monthly "Criminal Convictions" column appeared in the July 22, 2013 edition of the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.  The column examined the controversial "felony-murder" rule employed by the Supreme Courts of a small number of states including Illinois.

Professor Falkoff Quoted in Editorial on Violent Crime

Professor Marc Falkoff was consulted by Jillian Duchnowski for her editorial piece in the July 10 edition of the DeKalb Daily Chronicle.  The piece examined recent cases in the DeKalb area in which victims of violent crimes who committed criminal acts themselves were not prosecuted.  

Professor Marc Falkoff Quoted in Northwest Herald Article

Professor Marc Falkoff was quoted in Chelsea McDougall's June 30th article in The Northwest Herald.  The article discussed Illinois House Bill 3111, which aims to create a pilot program to provide legal aid for poverty-stricken tenants in disputes with landlords.  

Professor Marc Falkoff Quoted in Article on a Murder Case

Professor Marc Falkoff was quoted in Erika Wurst's June 19th article in The Beacon News.  The article discussed the case of a man who recently withdrew his guilty plea of killing an Aurora, IL woman on Halloween night in 2005 when he was 14 years old.  The case may now go to trial.

Professor Marc Falkoff Featured as Guest Columnist in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

Professor Marc Falkoff once again wrote a guest column for the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin on May 29, 2013.  His piece advocates the recording of police interrogations and legislation to expand the practice. 

Professor Marc Falkoff Debuts as Guest Columnist in Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

Professor Marc Falkoff penned his first piece as a guest columnist for the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin newspaper on April 23, 2013.  The column deals with an overturned conviction in a case in which the defendant was accused of writing a "terroristic threat" within a page of rap lyrics.

Professor Falkoff Interviewed Regarding Curl Plea Deal

Professor Marc Falkoff was interviewed by WNIJ radio on April 4, 2013 regarding William Curl and his trial for the 2010 murder of NIU student Antoinette Keller.  Falkoff was consulted for his legal expertise on the implications of Curl accepting a plea deal.

Falkoff Quoted in Article on Controversial Murder Case

Professor Marc Falkoff was quoted in Beth Hundsdorfer's March 24, 2013 article in the Belleville News-Democrat.  The article deals with a recent trial in East St. Louis, Illinois, in which the accused was convicted of first-degree murder by way of the felony murder theory, which allows for an individual to be held responsible for the murder of an accomplice.  

Professor Falkoff Speaks at Guantanamo Panel

Professor Marc Falkoff spoke as part of "Forum on the Forgotten Guantanamo Detainees," a program offered by the Chicago Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitutional Society, on Tuesday, February 5 at the Union League Club of Chicago.   

Falkoff Heard on NPR Talking About Guantanamo Bay Detention Issues

Professor Marc Falkoff was a guest on NPR's "Here and Now" program, originating from Boston on WBUR-FM and broadcast in the NIU area on WNIJ-FM (89.5) and WBEZ-FM (91.5), on Tuesday, October 9.  Falkoff was interviewed regarding his representation of Adnan Latif, a psychologically troubled detainee in the Guantanamo Bay prison facility who is thought to have committed suicide in his cell.  

Professor Falkoff Writes Opinion Piece for Los Angeles Times

Professor Marc Falkoff penned an op-ed piece that was featured in the September 20, 2012 edition of the Los Angeles Times.  The piece recounts the tragic death of Adnan Farhan, a detainee at the Guantanamo Bay prison facility and a client of Professor Falkoff's, and from there asserts the need for the prison to close.  Professor Falkoff has not only served as a principal in the habeas representation of seventeen Guantanamo Bay detainees, he is a noted scholar on the facility and the legal ramifications thereof.  His book, Poems From Guantánamo: The Detainees Speak, is a highly-regarded account on his experiences representing these individuals.

Professor Marc Falkoff Quoted in Daily Herald 

Professor Falkoff was quoted by Josh Stockinger in an August 17, 2012 article in Chicago's Daily Herald newspaper.  The article dealt with a unique burglary case in Villa Park, IL in which prosecutors charged a suspect based on their genetic profile.  You can read the full article on the Daily Herald website.

Professor Marc Falkoff Quoted in Article on High Profile Cold Case

Professor Falkoff was interviewed and cited as an expert on the controversial case of Jack McCullogh, a man acquitted of a 50-year-old rape charge who was recently found guilty of an even older charge of murder.  The article appeared in the April 15, 2012 Chicago Tribune and was written by Clifford Ward. 

Professor Falkoff Lectures at Brown University

Professor Marc Falkoff presented "Poetry at Guantánamo" at Brown University on March 15, 2012. His lecture drew from his 2007 book Poems from Guantánamo: The Detainees Speak.