Stacey Tutt

Visiting Clinical Professor of Law

Clinical Professor of Law and Director of Community Preservation Clinic at Illinois College of Law

Background:

Professor Stacey L. Tutt joined the Illinois College of Law in June 2011 to develop and direct the Community Preservation Clinic, which teaches students the skills of lawyering while exploring a community-based, non-traditional approach to poverty law. The clinic works to develop and implement a comprehensive response to community blight brought on by the foreclosure crisis. In furtherance of its mission, the Clinic established foreclosure mediation programs thought central Illinois and has conducted statewide empirical research on attitudes and beliefs of borrowers in foreclosure.  The clinic's litigation has focused upon mortgage servicing abuses, unfair deceptive practices, and fair credit reporting act violations.  In addition, the Clinic was integral in the development of a financial opportunity center through an integrated collaboration between a community action organization and community college.  The Clinic also engaged in large scale neighborhood revitalization projects including development of a lease for deed program, community innovation fair, and a community land trust. 

Professor Tutt is active both in the academy and in practice; she has served as president of the Board of Directors for Illinois Legal Aid Online, and prior to teaching, she was managing attorney at Prairie State Legal Services, Inc. in Bloomington, Illinois. In this role, she supervised civil legal services to low-income residents and seniors in Livingston, McLean, and East Woodford counties. For over six years, she represented clients in maintaining housing benefits, landlord-tenant issues, utility problems, obtaining public benefits, Orders of Protection, family law matters, prevention of mortgage foreclosures, and bankruptcy. Professor Tutt also created a Lawyer-in-the-Courtroom program for the McLean County Forcible Entry and Detainer docket call to assist in the prevention of homelessness. Prior to joining Prairie State, Stacey served as the associate director of career services at the University of Illinois College of Law.

Current Courses:

Consumer Law Clinic