Alan M. Mullins


312.565.3100 ext. 236

708.751.1891 cell

Mr. Mullins’ experience includes all areas of school law, including employment, labor, civil rights, student rights and discipline, detachments/annexations, board procedures and contracts. Mr. Mullins has defended school districts before administrative bodies and in courts. He has also represented schools and other local governmental entities in all types of election matters. Mr. Mullins edited and updated the second edition of the Illinois Association of School Board’s Student Disciplinary Hearings handbook. He has published numerous articles in various legal publications and was a co-author on the Labor Relations chapter for the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education’s treatise on School Law. Mr. Mullins is a frequent presenter at state and national school board association and school administrators’ association conferences. Mr. Mullins received a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Loyola University Chicago in 1976 and received his Juris Doctor degree from Chicago Kent College of Law in 1980.

Bar Admissions

State of Illinois Supreme Court
U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois

Published Decisions

Commonwealth Edison Co. v. Ill. Prop. Tax Appeal Bd., 882 N.E.2d 141 (Ill. App. Ct. 2nd Dist. 2008)

Bd. of Educ. of Park Forest Heights Sch. Dist. No. 163 v. State Teacher Certification Bd., 842 N.E.2d 1230 (Ill. App. Ct. 1st Dist. 2006)

Bd. of Educ. of Joliet Twp. High Sch. Dist. No. 204 v. Ill. State Bd. of Educ., 770 N.E.2d 711 (Ill. App. Ct. 3rd Dist. 2002)

Welch v. Educ. Officers Electoral Bd. for Proviso Twp. High Sch. Dist. No. 209, 750 N.E.2d 222 (Ill. App. Ct. 1st Dist. 2001)

Pochopien v. Reg’l Bd. of Sch. Trustees of Lake County Educ. Serv. Region, 748 N.E.2d 710 (Ill. App. Ct. 2nd Dist. 2001)

Jackson v. Cook County Reg’l Bd. of Sch. Trustees, 667 N.E.2d 1335 (Ill. App. Ct. 1st Dist. 1996)

Ambrose v. Thornton Twp. Sch. Trustees, 654 N.E.2d 545 (Ill. App. Ct. 1st Dist. 1995)

Chicago Principals Ass’n v. Educ. Labor Relations Bd., 543 N.E.2d 166 (Ill. App. Ct. 4th Dist. 1989)


The School Official’s Guide of Student Disciplinary Hearings Handbook, Second Edition, Illinois Association of School Boards (2002)

What Can You Do About Non-Resident Students Who Attend School In Your District, Illinois School Board Journal, Vol. 65, No. 2 (March-April 1997)

Don’t Wait Until Too Late; Be Prepared For A Sexual Harassment Charge, Illinois School Board Journal, Vol. 64, No. 3 (May-June 1996)

A Perfectly Thorough Investigation Alone May Not Be Sufficient To Comply With A Disciplined Employee’s Due Process Rights, The Report Card (February 1995)

Student Expulsion Can Continue Beyond The School Year, Illinois School Board Journal, Vol. 63, No. 1 (January/February 1995)

Dress Codes v. First Amendment, Illinois School Board Journal, Vol. 62, No. 2 (May/June 1994)

Labor Relations chapter of the Illinois Institute For Continuing Legal Education School Law Handbook, co-author (1992)

Public Entities And The Americans With Disabilities Act, co-author (1992)

Drugs In The Workplace: Some Considerations Before You Decide To Test Your Employees For Drugs Or Alcohol, co-author, Illinois Parks and Recreations, Vol. 21, No. 6 (Nov./Dec. 1990)

A Mini-Loss Prevention Manual For School Board Members and High-Level Administrators, co-author (1989)

Employers Face An Expanding Responsibility To Provide A Smoke-Free Workplace, Illinois Municipal Review, Vol. 68, No. 12 (December 1989)