Margaret B. Kwoka
315 South Plymouth Court
Chicago, Illinois 60604
Office: Room 322M
Office Hours: Mon. 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
AB, Brown University
JD, Northeastern University School of Law
Before joining the faculty, Margaret B. Kwoka was an attorney with Public Citizen Litigation Group, a public interest law firm in Washington, DC, focused on corporate and government accountability, and a lecturer at George Washington University School of Law, where she co-taught a seminar on Public Interest Lawyering. Her practice primarily involved government transparency litigation in federal court, and she worked on several matters pending before the U.S. Supreme Court. She also clerked for Judge Michael Murphy on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, and Chief Justice Phillip Rapoza on the Massachusetts Appeals Court.
After receiving a bachelor's degree in biology from Brown University, she served as an education volunteer with Peace Corps in Burkina Faso. She then received a law degree from Northeastern University School of Law. As a law student, she received the Outstanding Graduate Student Award for research in social sciences and humanities, served as a research assistant in International Human Rights Law, and co-wrote a petition for certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court on a death penalty case.
Professor Kwoka's research focuses on procedural justice issues in federal court, judicial review of agency actions, and government transparency. She teaches Civil Procedure, Administrative Law, and Federal Courts.
Deferring to Secrecy, 54 Boston College Law Review ___ (forthcoming 2013)
Intersecting Experiential Education and Social Justice Teaching, 6 Northeastern University Law Journal ___ (forthcoming 2013)
The Freedom of Information Act Trial, 61 American University Law Review 217 (2011)
Good But Not Great: Improving Access to Public Records Under the D.C. Freedom of Information Act (with Melissa Davenport), 13 University of District Columbia Law Review 359 (2010)
Disparate Impact Claims Under Title VI Would Not Harm National Security (with Michael Kirkpatrick), 46 Harvard Journal on Legislation 503 (2009)
Vindicating the Rights of People Living With AIDS Under the Alien Tort Claims Act, 40 Loyola University Chicago Law Journal 643 (2009)
Citizen's Guide to the District of Columbia Freedom of Information Act, D.C. Open Government Coalition (2009)
Female Genital Surgeries: Rethinking the Role of International Human Rights Law, Human Rights Law Commentary (2007)
Designing National Pesticide Legislation (with Jessica Vapnek and Isabella Pagotto), United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (2007)
The Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting, New Scholars Program, "Deferring to Secrecy" (July 2012)
Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, "Deferring to Secrecy" (June 2012)
Central States Law Schools Association Annual Conference, "The Freedom of Information Act Trial," University of Toledo College of Law (October 2011)
LatCrit XVI Annual Conference, "Corporate Hijacking of FOIA: How Our Government Transparency Apparatus Serves Fewer Human People" (October 2011)
LatCrit XV Annual Conference, "The Freedom of Information Act Trial" (October 2010)
University of District of Columbia David Clarke School of Law Review Symposium, "Good But Not Great: Improving Access to Public Records Under the D.C. Freedom of Information Act," University of District of Columbia David Clarke School of Law (February 2010)