Clinical Associate Professor Colleen Boraca was recently a guest author for the Illinois Lawyers’ Assistance Program (LAP), an organization that helps Illinois lawyers, judges, law students, and their families concerned about alcohol abuse, drug dependency, or stress related issues like anxiety, burnout, depression, and many others. Professor Boraca’s article, Some Days are Better Than Others: Self-Care Tips for Lawyers During a Pandemic, provides advice for handling the emotional side of lawyering during this time. She also highlights her experience as co-director of the NIU Law COVID-19 Legal Response Clinic.
Professor Boraca joined the NIU College of Law’s clinical faculty in 2014 and directs NIU’s Health Advocacy Clinic in Aurora, IL. The clinic is an interdisciplinary partnership between NIU College of Law, Hesed House and Aunt Martha’s Health Center. She also co-directs the NIU Law COVID-19 Legal Response Clinic. Prior to joining the NIU College of Law, Professor Boraca was a supervising attorney at the AIDS Legal Council of Chicago. She also served as a Cook County assistant state’s attorney for seven years in both the Child Support Enforcement Division and the Seniors and Persons with Disabilities Unit. She is a former chair of the Chicago Bar Association Mental Health and Disability Law Committee. Professor Boraca co-chairs the Kane County Bar Association Elder Care, Disability and Mental Health Committee as well as MLP Illinois, a task force consisting of representatives from medical-legal partnerships throughout Illinois.