Cynthia Fountaine joined the Southern Illinois University School of Law as dean and professor of law in July 2010. Previously, Dean Fountiane served on the law school faculty at Texas Wesleyan University School of Law (now Texas A&M University School of Law) from 1997-2010; while there, she also served as interim dean from 2006-08.
During the first part of the 2009-10 academic year, Ms. Fountaine was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Bayreuth in Germany where she taught U.S. Constitutional Law and U.S. Common Law Methods to German law students. After leaving Germany, Fountaine spent the remainder of her sabbatical in Amman, Jordan, working with the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Initiative on legal education reform.
Dean Fountaine also taught at the University of Cincinnati College of Law and was a visiting professor at Washington and Lee University School of Law in Lexington, Virginia. Prior to teaching, Fountaine worked as a litigator with the Los Angeles law firm of O’Melveny and Myers.
Fountaine holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana University, Bloomington, and received her juris doctor degree from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law. She is also an alumna of the Harvard University Institute for Management and Leadership in Education.
Active in numerous professional and community service organizations, Fountaine is a member of the Executive Committee of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Women in Legal Education, the chair of the section’s Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lifetime Achievement Award Subcommittee and serves as a member of the Deans’ Advisory Committee to the Illinois Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission. Fountaine has also served on various committees of the International Association of Law Schools, and as a volunteer for the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Initiative.
Fountaine is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and the Jackson County Bar Association and is admitted to practice as an inactive member of the State Bar of California.
Dean Cynthia Fountaine was appointed to the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism in 2014.