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Sheila Simon to discuss her parents’ legacy at UIS
March 14, 2005
SPRINGFIELD - Sheila Simon will speak on “A Life in Illinois Politics and Law: A Daughter Carries Forward the Legacy of Jeanne and Paul Simon” at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 28, in Brookens Auditorium, located on the lower level of Brookens Library, at the University of Illinois at Springfield.
The event is presented in honor of Women’s Heritage Month by the UIS Women’s Center and the UIS Center for State Policy and Leadership. Simon’s talk, a question-and-answer session, and a reception immediately following are free and open to the public.
Jeanne Hurley was one of the first women to serve in the Illinois General Assembly in the 1950s and that is where she met Paul Simon, the future U.S. senator and her future husband. Shelia will discuss her personal heritage from her parents, especially bringing forward the legacy of her mother, who was as accomplished in and committed to the public good as was her more famous father. She will also discuss current trends and future challenges concerning women in Illinois politics and law.
Sheila Simon is a clinical assistant professor of law at the Southern Illinois University School of Law, where she specializes in teaching legal practice skills and family law. She served as assistant state’s attorney for four years and was a staff attorney at Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance for five years. Before joining the faculty, Simon developed and supervised the SIU School of Law’s Domestic Violence Clinic. Simon has served on a panel to screen federal judge applicants, has been a member of the board of directors of the Carbondale Women’s Center and a pro bono attorney for the Association for Late Deafened Adults, serves on the Carbondale City Council, and is a member of the rock band Loose Gravel. She and her husband, Perry Knop, have two daughters, Reilly and Brennan. She graduated from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1987, and from Wittenberg University in 1983.The event is supported by the UIS Speakers Award Fund, Illinois Issues magazine, and UIS’ Office of Student Life.
|The University of Illinois at Springfield, one of three U of I campuses, is a small, public liberal arts university that offers 42 degree programs – 21 bachelor’s, 20 master’s, and the Doctorate of Public Administration. UIS has a special mission in public affairs and service and is known for extraordinary internships, a wireless campus, extensive online offerings, and a commitment to teaching.|
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