Sandra Allain - Associate University Counsel

Sandra joined the Office of University Counsel in summer 2023 and previously worked as Assistant University Counsel in this office from 2017 - 2019. She is primarily responsible for matters involving intellectual property and technology transfer, international activities, sponsored research, contracts review, as well as various issues across the University of Illinois system. Sandra has a broad range of experience in private practice and as in-house counsel, including fifteen years of experience in higher education. Sandra previously served as Professor of Practice, Lecturer in Law and the inaugural director of the Law, Policy, and Engineering (LPE) initiative at Pennsylvania State University where she led the Design, Justice, and Sustainable Development (DJSD) Lab. She earned her law degree from Universidad del Rosario Law School in Bogota, Colombia and her Master's Degree in Education Policy, Organization & Leadership from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Sandra is licensed to practice law in Illinois. She may be reached at (217) 300-6620 or

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