Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin is adding teaching to his resume.
Since the start of the second semester at Aurora University, Irvin is a new assistant professor of the 300-level Criminal Evidence and Procedures course.
The course analyzes the concept of evidence and the rules governing its admissibility as well as the theoretical and pragmatic considerations of substantive and procedural laws affecting arrest, search, and seizure.
A seasoned lawyer and former prosecutor, Irvin shares his field experiences to teach the course and brings in experts as guest speakers for students, many of whom plan to become lawyers.
“When I was in school, a lot of my teachers taught in ways that were beyond us,” Irvin said in class recently. “That won’t happen here. I’ll break it down for you in a way that’s easy to understand, fun, and prepares you for whatever you’re planning in the criminal justice field.
Irvin previously taught undergraduate courses at his alma mater, Robert Morris University, for eight years and at Northern Illinois University while in law school.
The first in his family to attend college, Irvin earned a bachelor’s degree from Robert Morris University and a law degree from Northern Illinois University School of Law.
He was an assistant prosecutor in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, a prosecutor in the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office, and a community prosecutor and founder of the Weed and Seed program in Aurora.
He then opened his own private law practice in downtown Aurora. He is now an attorney at Castle Law in Oak Brook.
The class he teaches at Aurora University runs every Monday evening until the end of the semester.