Phone: (217) 206-6358
Office: PAC 452
Teaching Interests: Family Law, Legal Writing and Analysis, and Introduction to Graduate Legal Studies. She is co-director of the Downstate Illinois Innocence Project which, working with faculty and students in the Legal Studies and other disciplines provides students with an opportunity to conduct investigations in cases where inmates are incarcerated for crimes they did not commit.
Accomplishments: Professor Ford began practicing law in 1975, while directing the Free Law School. Her law practice included civil rights litigation (police brutality and employment discrimination lawsuits); not-for-profit organizations; landlord and tenant law, and family law. She taught community legal education courses on a number of topics, and founded a Paralegal Training Program in partnership with the Legal Services Corporation of Philadelphia.
She came to UIS in 1979. At UIS she has held several academic administrative positions, including Associate Vice- President for Academic Affairs, Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs, Executive Director of the Institute of Public Affairs, and Director of the Center for Legal Studies. In the mid-1980s until 2001, she provided legal assistance to the Family Service Center of Sangamon County on adoption matters.She is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania and Illinois.
Ford regularly conducts training programs under the auspices of the Institute for Legal and Policy Studies on a variety of topics. She has 32 years of success in obtaining grants and contracts as a result of competitive proposal submissions. She has published articles on employment issues, AIDS policy, abortion policy, the reproductive technologies, and the Illinois judicial system. She has conducted funded evaluations of domestic violence programs and several of Illinois’s mandatory arbitration programs. She served on the Sangamon County’s Private Industry Council (JTPA funds) and chaired its planning committee, the Board of Directors of the Springfield Urban League, the board of the Regional Institute for Community Policing, and the boards of other community and state organizations. She chaired the City of Springfield’s Strategic Planning effort, served on Illinois’s Interagency Authority on Residential Facilities for Children and has chaired its regulatory and secure care subcommittees.