Prior to joining the faculty of the Southern Illinois University School of Law in 2009, Professor Porter held the position of Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at Chicago-Kent College of Law where she taught legal writing to first-year law students as well as an upper level course in real estate transactions. Before beginning her full-time teaching career, she was an adjunct professor at Chicago-Kent College of Law and the John Marshall School of Law in Chicago. After serving as an adjunct professor and realizing her passion for teaching at the law school level, she decided that full-time teaching was her ideal career choice.
Professor Porter's previous professional experience included positions in both government and private sector settings which allowed her to enhance her skills as a transactional lawyer and litigator and to represent individuals, corporations, and lenders in a variety of transactions. Before joining the legal academy, she was the principal of the Law Offices of Tracie R. Porter, LLC, with a practice focused on diverse areas of real estate and business law, including transactional and litigation cases, corporate law, and probate proceedings. She handled a broad range of transactions, from a small vacant lot purchase to a multi-million dollar commercial acquisition to residential acquisitions and construction projects for developers. Before starting her own law firm, she acquired litigation experience and client interaction skills while a litigator with the United States Department of Labor in Chicago immediately after graduating from law school in 1994. She was a senior real estate/litigation associate at the law firm of Brown Udell & Pomerantz, Ltd. and, prior to that position, a real estate associate at Barnes and Thornburg, working in its Chicago office.
Professor Porter earned her JD from Drake University Law School where she was an NAACP Earl Warren Scholar and a Sadie T.M. Alexander Law Scholar. While at Drake, she was awarded the prestigious American Jurisprudence Award in International Comparative Law, inducted into the Order of Barristers for Moot Court Competitiveness, and selected by her classmates for the Tollefson Leadership Award (awarded to only one graduating student who demonstrates stellar leadership qualities). She holds a BA in International Business from Cornell College. She has studied French and European Community law abroad at the University de Paris/Sorbonne.
Professor Porter has held numerous leadership positions in national and local bar associations, including the ABA Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law and the Young Lawyers Division, the Cook County Bar Association of Chicago, the Chicago Bar Association, the Black Women Lawyers Association of Chicago, the Illinois State Bar Association’s Real Estate Law Section Council, and the Illinois Real Estate Lawyers Association.