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Lorri Scott
Instructor, Legal Studies
Legal Studies

Specialties: Criminal law and family law.

Teaching full time at CLC since: 2012; previously taught for 10 years at the College of DuPage, Roosevelt University and Kaplan University. She has substantive experience with online, hybrid and traditional course delivery.

Subjects taught at CLC: Litigation, law office technology, legal research and drafting legal documents.

Other professional experience: Lawyer with experience as a solo practitioner; concentrating in criminal defense and family law, as a staff attorney with the Cook County Public Guardian’s Office and as a hearing officer with the Illinois Toll Authority. Active member of the American Bar Association, Lake County Bar Association and the American Association for Paralegal Education.

Education: B.S. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a J.D. from the Loyola University Chicago’s School of Law.

Main goal in teaching: My main goal is to help students understand and appreciate that education is a way of life rather than a journey to a job. I encourage students to become critical thinkers and lifetime learners. I am hopeful that students leave my classroom without focusing merely on what was taught but focusing on how to think about what was taught.

Gayle Miller
Instructor and Department Chair, Legal Studies
Legal Studies

Specialties: Legal studies, criminal law and school law.

Teaching full time at CLC since: 2005; previously taught paralegal studies at William Rainey Harper College and school law at Aurora University.

Subjects taught at CLC: Introduction to legal studies, legal research and writing, criminal litigation, international human rights law and justice, legal studies internship, capstone, and legal studies assessment seminar courses.

Other professional experience: Criminal defense attorney beginning her legal career as an assistant public defender in Cook County, and continues to practice criminal law on a part-time basis in Lake County. Professor Miller has served on the American Bar Association (ABA) Commission for the Approval of Paralegal Education to the ABA Standing Committee on Paralegals and continues to conduct site visits to other schools on behalf of the ABA Approval Commission. A past president of the Association of Women Attorneys in Lake County, Professor Miller is an active member and leader in the local legal community. Nationally, Professor Miller has served on the Board of Directors of the American Association for Paralegal and Legal Education (AAfPE) and has presented at national and regional conferences.

Professor Miller won the 2019 AAFPE national teaching competition and received the NISOD award for 2020-21 for excellence in teaching. 

Education: B.A. in Criminal Justice with Honors and Distinction, University of Illinois at Chicago; juris doctor with Honors, Chicago-Kent College of Law. Admitted to practice in Illinois and United Supreme Court.

What inspires me about my field: What excites me most about teaching in a career program is that I witness the awesome presence of potential, and the transformation from student to polished professional time and time again.