Zelda Harris

Prof. Harris is the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at Loyola University Chicago School of law. Harris joined the faculty of Loyola in August 2012 as Director of the Dan K. Webb Center for Advocacy where she provides leadership in all aspects of the school’s advocacy programs, including curriculum development, program growth, and alumni relations. In addition to her administrative duties as Associate Dean, Prof. Harris teaches courses in trial advocacy, evidence, an interdisciplinary seminar on domestic violence and a required first year course on professional identity formation.

Prior to joining Loyola, from 1998 to 2012, Prof. Harris was a member of the law faculty at the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona as Director of the Domestic Violence Law Clinic and Co-Director of the Child and Family Law Clinic. She also taught separate courses on legal ethics for family lawyers and a seminar on domestic violence law. Further, Ms. Harris has held several positions for national, state and local organizations dedicated to addressing issues relating to family violence.

Prof. Harris’ past experience includes her position as a Visiting Professor at Villanova University School of Law (2006), a senior instructor for the Children and Family Justice Center at Northwestern University School of Law (1992-1998) and as a staff attorney for Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation, Inc. in Alton, Illinois (1991-1992).

Prof. Harris serves as a faculty member for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA). Since 1996 she has provided advocacy training and leadership to young attorneys nationally and internationally.

Prof. Harris is a 1991 graduate of Washington University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri. She received her undergraduate degree from Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York. She is married to Jonathan Peck and they are the proud parents of two children, Jonathan and Wesley.