Huma Zia

Interim Co-Chair, Assistant Professor, Program Director of Paralegal Studies, Justice, Law and Public Safety Studies

J.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law, 1994
B.A., Political Science, Dominican University, 1991

Courses/Focus Areas, Undergraduate:
Introduction to Paralegal Studies
Fundamentals of Litigation
Paralegal Capstone
Elements of Criminal Law
Criminal Procedure

Courses/Focus Areas, Graduate:
Graduate Criminal Law
Graduate Criminal Procedure
Civil Liability and Public Safety Law

Professional Background: Huma Zia is a Licensed Attorney in the State of Illinois and served as an Assistant Attorney General with the Illinois Attorney General’s Office in the Criminal Appeals Division. During her time there, she argued cases before the federal district courts, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and filed motions in the U.S. Supreme Court. She also argued cases in all the state district appellate courts and frequently argued cases in the Illinois Supreme Court. In addition to bringing her law experience and expertise to students at Lewis, Ms. Zia obtained approval of the Undergraduate Paralegal Program by the American Bar Association for the university. She currently serves as a Sole Practitioner in Elmhurst and concentrates on Pro-Bono Cases.

Research Interests: Ms. Zia’s research interests include clemency petitions, search and seizure laws, and constitutionality of state and federal laws on traffic stops. She also participates at the annual American Bar Association clemency workshops for the State of Illinois.

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  1. January 23, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    Hi Zia, My name is Megan Smallwood and I currently attend Joliet Junior College, I will be finishing up my Associate’s soon and was looking to transfer to Lewis University and get my Bachelor’s in Paralegal. I just recently ran into one of your former students and she had given me your name and said to contact you. I just had some basic questions about the program and some requirements I need. I hope I am contacting the right person.
    My e-mail is
    Thanks and I hope to hear back from you!
    -Megan Smallwood

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