Dean John Corkery joined The John Marshall Law School faculty in 1973 after several years with the Chicago office of Lord, Bissell and Brook. Prior to being named dean in 2007, he taught Evidence, Family Law, and Professional Responsibility at the law school and served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs (1998), Vice Dean (2003) and Acting Dean (2005).
Dean Corkery received his Bachelor of Science from St. Louis University and earned his juris doctor degree from Northwestern University School of Law.
Throughout his career Corkery has testified as an expert witness in matters of professional responsibility and has served as a member of the teaching faculty for the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission’s Professional Responsibility Institute. He was a member of the Chicago Bar Association’s Board of Managers for two years and is a former chairman of the Illinois State Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Professional Conduct and a member of the joint Chicago Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, and Illinois Judges Association Judicial Ethics Committee.
Dean Corkery has frequently served as a Reporter for the Illinois Judicial Conferences and bar association programs on various subjects, spoken and written widely on many legal issues and is currently serving as a Reporter for the Illinois Judicial Conference Committee on Evidence. He is also the author of Illinois Civil and Criminal Evidence (2000).
Dean Corkery was appointed to the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism in 2006.