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Paul CainPaul Cain
Clinical Professor

B.A., Colorado State University
J.D., Franklin Pierce Law Center
Email: pcain@niu.edu
Phone: (815) 752-8200
Off-Campus Phone: (815) 962-9980

 

Professor Cain Featured on IllinoisCaseLaw.com Podcast

Clinical Professor Paul J. Cain presented "Everything You Wanted to Know About the NIU College of Law Criminal Defense Clinic" on as part of IllinoisCaseLaw.com's "Criminal Nuggets" podcast series by Professor Cain describes the inner workings of "a law firm staffed by law students" including tracking a Defense Clinic case from inception to end. If the embedded player below does not work, go to https://IllinoisCaseLaw.com/paul-cain to listen to the podcast (duration 33:13).

Professor Cain Sworn In as IACDL President

Clinical Professor Paul J. Cain began his term as President of the Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (IACDL) on November 18, 2017, where he will serve a one-year term. The IACDL is comprised of approximately 500 criminal defense attorneys from all regions of Illinois. Members include attorneys who are public defenders, private criminal defense attorneys and federal public defenders. The mission of the IACDL is to preserve the adversary system of justice, to maintain and foster independent and able criminal defense lawyers and to ensure due process for persons accused of crimes. Professor Cain has been a member of the IACDL since 2004 and has served on the Board of Directors since 2012. In addition, Professor Cain has and continues to chair the IACDL Law Professor Committee and serves on the IACDL Bylaws Committee.

Professor Cain Sworn In as IACDL President Elect

Clinical Professor Paul J. Cain has been elected to serve as president elect of the Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (IACDL) by its membership and was sworn in on November 19, 2016 at the membership and board of directors meetings. Professor Cain will serve as president elect of the IACDL for a one-year term and become president of the IACDL the following year. The mission of the IACDL is to preserve the adversary system of justice, to maintain and foster independent and able criminal defense lawyers and to ensure due process for persons accused of crimes. Professor Cain has been a member of the IACDL since 2004 and has served on the Board of Directors since 2012, including a one-year term as vice president. In addition, Professor Cain has and continues to chair the IACDL Law Professor Committee and serves on the IACDL Bylaws Committee.

Professor Paul Cain Cited As Expert on Supreme Court Ruling

Clinical Professor Paul J. Cain was quoted in an article in the November 6, 2016 edition of the Rockford Register Star. Writer Chris Green dealt with the issue of implementing the new juvenile shackling state Supreme Court rule in Winnebago County, IL. He consulted Professor Cain based on testimony Cain offered during a July 8, 2016 public hearing before the Illinois Supreme Court Rules Committee. Professor Cain spoke in favor of limiting the use of shackles or other restraints on juveniles during the hearing of delinquency cases.

Professor Cain Quoted in DeKalb Daily Chronicle

Clinical Professor Paul J. Cain was quoted in an article by Brett Rowland in the October 4, 2016 edition of the DeKalb Daily Chronicle. The topic of the article is reforming bail practices in DeKalb County by going from a cash bail practice to alternative practices of releasing defendants pre-trial, such as more use of recognizance bonds or ankle monitoring bracelets. This would potentially secure the safety of the community and as well as the appearance of defendants in court. 

Professor Cain was primarily interviewed concerning the adverse effect cash bail can have on defendants who cannot afford to post bail, including loss of jobs and eviction from housing, and the disparate impact cash bail has on indigent defendants versus wealthier defendants who can afford to post bail.   

Professor Paul Cain Quoted in Rockford Register Star

Clinical Professor Paul J. Cain was featured as a source in an article by Georgette Braun in the August 14, 2016 edition of the Rockford Register Star (subscription is required to read the article on the website). The article deals with the controversial issue of the shackling of juveniles in Illinois courts.

Professor Paul Cain Re-Appointed to ISBA Council for Third Time

Clinical Professor Paul J. Cain has been re-appointed by the Illinois State Bar Association to the ISBA Criminal Justice Section Council for 2016-2017. Professor Cain has been a member of the Council since 2013 – 2014. 

Professor Cain Elected IACDL 1st Vice President

Clinical Professor Paul J. Cain has been elected to serve as 1st Vice President of the Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (IACDL) by its membership and was sworn in on November 21, 2015 at the membership and board of directors meetings. Professor Cain will serve as an officer of the IACDL for a one-year term. The mission of IACDL is to preserve the adversary system of justice, to maintain and foster independent and able criminal defense lawyers and to ensure due process for persons accused of crimes. Professor Cain has been a member of the IACDL since 2004 and has served on the Board of Directors since 2012. In addition, Professor Cain has and continues to chair the IACDL Law Professor Committee, and serves on the IACDL Bylaws Committee.

Professor Cain Appears on Radio Program

Clinical Professor Paul J. Cain appeared on Celebrity Court Radio on Sunday, August 16 to discuss the "Slenderman" case. In the interview with host Elizabeth Kelley, Cain talks about the judge's decision to try the 12-year-old "Slenderman" defendants as adults. You can listen to the show on the Celebrity Court Radio website.

Professor Paul Cain Re-Appointed to ISBA Council

Clinical Professor Paul J. Cain has been re-appointed to the Criminal Justice Section Council for the 2015-2016 term. Prof. Cain has been a member of the council since 2013. Among its activities, the Council reviews and makes recommendations concerning proposed legislation affecting criminal justice and contributes to the Section newsletter.

The mission of ISBA Criminal Justice Section is to work for a system of criminal justice that fairly protects the accused, the accuser, and the public in general; to seek or oppose change, as considered appropriate, by legislative activity, recommendations on court rules and recommendations to agencies; and to educate and inform lawyers and the general public through newsletters, seminars and other appropriate channels of communication.

Professor Cain Featured in Article on Probate Cases

Clinical Professor Paul J. Cain was cited as an expert in probate law for a recent article appearing on the NIU Newsroom website on February 25, 2015. Cain emphasized the importance of open communication and planning between family members with an ill or aging relative. The article examined probate law in the wake of public controversies surrounding recently deceased celebrities such as Chicago Cubs great Ernie Banks, radio personality Casey Kasem and comedian Robin Williams.

NIU Law Clinical Faculty Present at the Midwest Clinic Teachers’ Conference

On September 13, 2014, the NIU Law Clinical Faculty (Professors Anita Maddali, Paul Cain, Wendy Vaughn, Alan Boudreau and Colleen Boraca) presented at the Midwest Clinic Teachers’ Conference at Michigan State University College of Law. The presentation, Community Lawyering: Looking Beyond your Backyard to Make a Difference, examined the role of community partnerships in developing and expanding clinical opportunities for law students. Faculty members shared how NIU’s legal clinics are working with various community partners to make a difference in multiple communities throughout northern Illinois.

Cain Re-Appointed to ISBA Criminal Justice Section Council

On April 11, 2014, Clinical Associate Professor Paul J. Cain was re-appointed by ISBA President-Elect Richard D. Felice to the ISBA Criminal Justice Section Counci for the 2014-2015 term. This will be Professor Cain's second consecutive year on the Council, which meets regularly to strategize on how best to serve the over 800 members of the ISBA, and provides services such as continuing legal education programs and a newsletter.

Professor Cain to Speak Before League of Women Voters

On November 18, 2013, Clinical Associate Professor Paul J. Cain will speak at the League of Women Voters event, “Illinois Concealed Carry Law: What You Need to Know.” Professor Cain will be one of three panelists. He will be joining Winnebago County State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato and Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence spokesperson Mark Walsh. Professor Cain will present an overview of the new concealed carry law while the other panelists will address their concerns about and ramifications of the new law from their perspectives. The panel will be moderated by Judge Dan Doyle, former Winnebago County State’s Attorney and former Appellate Court Judge.

Professor Cain Presents to Rockford Housing Authority

On October 30, 2013, Clinical Associate Professor Paul J. Cain presented on the topic of “Criminal Backgrounds and Employers” to the Rockford, IL Housing Authority ReBuild program. Professor Cain discussed the impact of several federal and state laws affecting applying for employment when you have a criminal background including the Fair Credit Reporting Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Criminal Identification Act, the Illinois Human Rights Act and the Employment Record Disclosure Act. ReBuild is a four-month program with a classroom component to assist and equip participants with the skills and tools needed to become self-sufficient.

Professor Cain Presents to WCBA

On April 26, 2013, Clinical Associate Professor Paul J. Cain presented on the topic “Expungement and Sealing of Criminal Records” for the Winnebago County Bar Association Criminal Law Section Continuing Legal Education program. Professor Cain presented on how to expunge and seal both adult and juvenile criminal records, request clemency through the Prisoner Review Board and Governor’s Office, and obtain certificates of rehabilitation.

Clinical Associate Professor Paul J. Cain Appointed to Criminal Justice Section Council

On April 22, 2013, Clinical Associate Professor Paul J. Cain was appointed by ISBA President-Elect Paula H. Holderman to the ISBA Criminal Justice Section Council. The mission of ISBA Criminal Justice Section is to work for a system of criminal justice that fairly protects the accused, the accuser, and the public in general; to seek or oppose change, as considered appropriate, by legislative activity, recommendations on court rules and recommendations to agencies; and to educate and inform lawyers and the general public through newsletters, seminars and other appropriate channels of communication. The Council provides leadership to the more than 800 ISBA members of the Criminal Justice Section as well as continuing legal education programs and a newsletter.

Clinical Associate Professor Paul J. Cain Elected to Board of Directors of the Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys

Clinical Associate Professor Paul J. Cain has been elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers for a term of three years commencing November 10, 2012. The Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (IACDL) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to defending the rights of all persons as guaranteed by the United States’ Constitution. Its membership consists of private criminal defense lawyers and public defenders throughout the State of Illinois. The mission of IACDL is to preserve the adversary system of justice; to maintain and foster independent and able criminal defense lawyers and to ensure due process for persons accused of crimes. In addition to serving on the Board, Prof. Cain will chair the Law Professor Committee and the Juvenile Law Committee of the IACDL.

Professor Paul Cain Quoted in Television Story on New Juvenile Justice Clinic

On October 3, 2012, Clinical Associate Professor Paul Cain appeared in a report by WIFR-TV in Rockford, Illinois. The report detailed the NIU College of Law's newly-opened Juvenile Justice Clinic, which Cain coordinates, and the efforts of its students to help curb overcrowding in the Winnebago County juvenile detention center. The clinic began operating out of the Zeke Giorgi Legal Clinic building in Rockford this fall.

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