B.A., Summa Cum Laude, Houghton College
J.D., Highest Honors, Chicago-Kent College of Law
Rachel Moran is the Clinical Fellow in the Criminal Defense Clinic. Rachel graduated with High Honors from Chicago-Kent College of Law. She spent much of law school in the Criminal Defense Litigation Clinic, and also won national championships in both trial and appellate advocacy, earning her the American College of Trial Lawyers Fulton Haight Award given to the national best advocate. After graduating she began work at a private criminal defense firm, representing clients on trial for offenses ranging from misdemeanors to first degree murder. Rachel then became a public defender, and from 2010-2015 worked for the Office of the Illinois State Appellate Defender, representing indigent adults and juveniles appealing convictions for serious felonies. In that capacity she argued numerous cases in Illinois appellate courts and the Illinois Supreme Court. Rachel also served as an adjunct professor at Chicago-Kent College of Law, teaching Trial Advocacy and Advanced Evidence, and coaching multiple mock trial teams, including the team that won the 2015 National Trial Competition championship.