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After serving as Assistant Dean and Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Illinois College of Law from 1967 to 1971, and as an Instructor at the University of Michigan Law School (1964-65) and at Columbia University Law School (1962), Prof. Kionka was selected by Dean Hiram Lesar as a member of the founding faculty of Southern Illinois University School of Law, where he taught from 1973 (teaching the first class ever held in the law school) until he retired from S.I.U. in 2003. He continues to teach from time to time as a visiting professor at other law schools, and he continues his legal research and writing of law books and articles. His primary fields are torts, evidence, and appellate courts and practice. In addition, he has taught civil procedure, insurance law, legal writing, advanced appellate advocacy, remedies, and the legal profession. He served for a year as Associate Dean (1984-85), and briefly as Acting Dean (Summer 1985).
Prof. Kionka has also been a visiting professor at other law schools, including Washington University (St. Louis), St. Louis University, Emory University, McGeorge School of Law, the University of San Diego, the University of Hawaii, and Northern Illinois University.
From 1962 to 1964, Prof. Kionka was an associate with a Chicago law firm. After a period in legal education, he returned to the practice of law in 1971 as a partner in the Belleville, Illinois law firm, Norton & Kionka. The firm limited its practice to civil litigation on behalf of plaintiffs. Although he left in 1972 to return to his academic career, he continued his association with the firm, a relationship that continued until Jack Norton's death in May, 1993. Prof. Kionka was responsible for all of the firm's appellate work, and also performed significant legal work at the trial level, including pleadings, motions, evidence, jury instructions, and the like. He also did similar work for other attorneys and law firms.
Prof. Kionka began doing appeals and trial consulting in 1969, and continued during and after his association with Jack Norton. Although he returned to full-time law teaching in 1973, he was permitted by the law school's rules to engage in a limited amount of consulting work. Upon retirement from full-time law teaching in 2003, he has continued his part-time practice, still limiting his practice to appeals and trial consulting.
Supreme Court of the United States
United States Courts of Appeals for the Fifth, Seventh, Eighth, and Tenth Circuits
All Illinois federal district courts.
Year of Birth: 1939
Law School: University of Illinois College of Law, J.D., 1962
Law School Honors/Involvement:
He was selected for membership in the Order of the Coif, an honorary society chosen from the top ten percent of his class. He was a member of the board of editors of the law review, and during his senior year served as its Associate Editor (second to the editor-in-chief). While in law school, he clerked for a nationally-known attorney, John Alan Appleman, assisting Mr. Appleman with his 26-volume treatise, Appleman on Insurance.
He spent the 1972-73 academic year in residence at Columbia University Law School in New York, where he was the Krulewitch Fellow. He received his Master of Laws degree from Columbia in 1974.
Prof. Kionka and his wife, Terri, a historian, live in Fairview Heights, Illinois.