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SIU Alumna Neibur talks postive impact of Semester in Practice Program


Britton, Neibur

Ashley R. Neibur, Class of 2010, visited Professor Britton’s Legislative and Administrative Processes class this week to talk about her work with the Illinois Municipal League (IML).  Neibur, a Madison County native, began her work with the IML through the law school’s Law and Government Semester-in-Practice Program which Professor Britton started in 2009.  Neibur was in the first group of students to participate. Shortly after her graduation she began working as a staff attorney at the Illinois Municipal League. She is now a successful lobbyist for local communities, ensuring that lawmakers understand the limited resources of revenue to local government and the impact it has on communities when states cut money from local funds.

Participating in the Semester-in-Practice Program allowed Neibur to study away from the law school in Carbondale while earning a full semester’s academic credit. Law and Government is one of three Semester-in-Practice Programs at SIU Law. Other programs focus on Health Law and Policy, and Criminal Trial Practice. Each program combines a substantial externship opportunity with courses related to a particular field of study. Read more about these programs here.

To continue reading about Niebur’s work and lobbying, see the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin article, “Neibur fights for cities, towns”, highlighting her work and accomplishments.