UIC Law Hires Professor Claire Johnson Raba from UC Irvine Law

The University of Illinois Chicago School of Law (UIC Law) is proud to welcome Professor Claire Johnson Raba to the law school’s faculty. Professor Johnson Raba will join UIC Law in Fall 2022 as a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Law.

“We are thrilled to welcome Professor Johnson Raba to UIC Law,” offered Interim Dean Julie Spanbauer, a longtime member of the faculty. “She fills an important curricular need and will allow us to expand our consumer law and technology course offerings. Our students will benefit greatly from the clinical experience and substantive expertise she brings to UIC Law.”

A consumer law expert and access-to-justice advocate, Professor Johnson Raba joins UIC Law from the University of California, Irvine School of Law, where she has taught for the past three years as a Clinical Teaching Fellow in the Consumer Law Clinic. Before her fellowship appointment, she taught Consumer Law at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law while serving as Senior Staff Attorney and Project Lead of the Consumer Law Unit at Bay Area Legal Aid. At UIC Law, Professor Johnson Raba will teach Civil Procedure, Consumer Financial Regulation and other courses.

“I am honored to be joining UIC Law’s exceptional team of scholars and educators at this important juncture for the law school,” said Professor Claire Johnson Raba. “I am excited to bring my experience as a legal aid attorney and clinician to the first-year curriculum and look forward to meeting UIC Law students in the fall.”  

Professor Johnson Raba’s research, scholarship, and technology projects explore the nexus of big data, emerging legal technologies, and consumer protection. Over the past decade, she has consulted and collaborated on empowerment-focused apps aimed to assist self-represented litigants facing debt-collection processes. Her empirical legal research, which explores substantive ways to improve the experiences of pro se litigants in state court, has received funding from the Pew Charitable Trusts, the State Bar of California, and the Student Borrower Protection Center. Professor Johnson Raba has also written and presented extensively on related issues.

Professor Johnson Raba’s most recent articles, “Low-Income Litigants in the Sandbox: Court Record Data and the Legal Technology A2J Market” (forthcoming in the St. John’s Law Review) and “Going Remote: Due Process and Self-Represented Debt Collection Defendants During the COVID-19 Pandemic” are available on SSRN at https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/cf_dev/AbsByAuth.cfm?per_id=1335855. She is also the author of a number of white papers and op-eds on policy issues and legislative solutions to increase consumer protection in the areas of debt settlement and private student loan debt collection.

Professor Johnson Raba holds a JD from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and is admitted to the State Bar of California, the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Central Districts of California and the U.S. Bankruptcy Courts for the Northern and Central Districts of California.

Follow Professor Claire Johnson Raba on Twitter @claireraba.

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