Our Attorneys

Emily P. Bothfeld

Associate, Chicago Office

ph: 312.332.7760

Emily P. Bothfeld

Emily counsels school districts and higher education institutions on a variety of issues, including matters related to student discipline, Title IX, free speech, student disability rights, student data privacy and policy development.  She has extensive experience representing educational institutions in responding to complaints filed with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, Illinois State Board of Education, Office of the Illinois Attorney General and Illinois Department of Human Rights.  Emily regularly represents school districts and higher education institutions in state and federal court on civil rights and constitutional claims and breach of contract claims.

Prior to joining Robbins Schwartz, Emily represented students with disabilities in special education matters.  Emily attended the George Washington University Law School, where she was a member of the George Washington International Law Review and the GW Law Moot Court Board.  Prior to attending law school, Emily taught high school mathematics and science in Hangzhou, China.


  • J.D., with honors, George Washington University Law School
  • B.S., cum laude, Vanderbilt University

Admitted to Practice

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • Supreme Court of Illinois


  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois Council of School Attorneys
  • National Council of School Attorneys

Recent Publications

Recent Presentations

  • Legislative Update:  A Review of New (and Proposed) Laws Affecting Illinois Community Colleges’ Risk Management Practices, Illinois Community College Chief Financial Officers Fall Conference (October 2019)
  •  A Student’s “Right” to a College Education:  Due Process Rights in Academic and Non-Academic Discipline, Illinois Community College Chief Student Services Officers’ Summer Meeting (June 2019)
  • Updates and Recent Developments out of the U.S. Department of Education, Chicago Bar Association Education Law Committee Spring Seminar (March 2019)
  • Legal Hot Topics for Nursing Program Administrators and Faculty, Illinois Organization of Associate Degree Nursing (March 2019)