Faculty

Sonia D. Coleman

Sonia D. Coleman, an Adjunct Professor at Dominican University has developed and taught courses such as Strategic Corporate Communications, Contracts and the Uniform Commercial Code for the Legal Studies Program.  Ms. Coleman is an award-winning attorney, speaker, instructor, presenter and the Principal and Founder of the Law Office of Sonia D. Coleman, a professional corporation.   The Law Office of Sonia D. Coleman, P.C. provides cost effective, quality legal services to individuals to assist with the preservation of wealth through estate planning and estate administration. The Law Office of Sonia D. Coleman, P.C. counsels business clients on business formation, preventive corporate law, contract negotiation and drafting, and risk management issues.

With over a decade of experience, Ms. Coleman has an innate ability to develop and build relationships with individuals at all levels and reach a consensus. A talent for analyzing business practices and identifying opportunities to improve efficiencies in order to reduce expenses, she has been recognized for outstanding performance throughout her career. Prior to the formation of her own firm, Ms. Coleman acquired extensive experience in the Corporate Sector. Her clients benefit from her calm and creative approach to solving problems.

Ms. Coleman has a strong commitment to the community, demonstrated by her history of community service and aid to the underserved. As a law school student, she drafted and successfully argued a prisoner’s civil rights case before the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. She also represented clients the Loyola University Community Law Center. Since her matriculation from law school, she has spearheaded and chaired committees for professional organizations such as the Black Women Lawyers’ Association of Greater Chicago and the Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO). To that end, she has served as a member of the Board of Directors for several non-profit entities. Ms. Coleman has received many honors and accolades as a result of her contributions to diversity and the professional development of others in the legal profession, such as Health Care Service Corporation’s President’s Diversity Award and the Black Women Lawyers’ Association of Greater Chicago’s President’s Award.

Ms. Coleman has been featured in publications which further highlight her professional, community and civic contributions, such as the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and Cleo Edge Magazine. She has presented at professional organizations, academic institutions and associations.   Ms. Coleman earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Howard University and her Juris Doctor from Loyola University of Chicago. She is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and American Bar Association.

Suyon Flowers

Suyon Flowers earned her J.D. from IIT/Chicago-Kent College of Law. She is a former Cook County assistant state’s attorney, assistant corporation counsel for the City of Chicago (federal civil rights litigation and municipal prosecutions) and in-house counsel for Liberty Mutual Insurance Group (workers’ compensation law and civil litigation/insurance defense).

Suyon currently works in private practice at a mid-sized firm handling worker’s compensation matters. She is a member of the Chicago Bar Association and Black Women Lawyer’s Association of Greater Chicago, Inc. Suyon is married with two children living in the Chicago area.

Matthew Hlinak

Matthew Hlinak is the Assistant Provost for continuing studies and special initiatives at Dominican University. Matt previously taught for Northwestern University and the University of Illinois. His teaching and research interests include constitutional law, employment law, sport & society, professional communications, creative writing and law & literature. His work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in the Willamette Sports Law Journal, the Proceedings of the Midwest Modern Language Association, the International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society and the Proceedings of the Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business.

Matt holds a J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law and an M.F.A. from Northwestern University. He lives in Chicago with his wife, Liz, and their daughter, Madeleine.

Thomas Mirabile

Thomas Mirabile has taught at Dominican University since 1999. Tom is a member of the faculty at the University of Liverpool School of Law in its LL.M programme in International Law, and has taught for Benedictine University, the University of St. Francis, Oklahoma City University and DePaul University, and has taught international law in China and Singapore. He also serves on the Graduate School Advisory Council at USF and the Advisory Board of the Health Law Institute of DePaul University College of Law. He has published extensively; his most recent publication can be found in the Journal of International Law of Michigan State University on Aids, Africa and Access to Medicines.

Tom holds a B.A from Northern Illinois University, an M.A. from Northeastern Illinois University, a J.D. from Oklahoma City University, an LL.M in Health Law from DePaul University College of Law in Chicago and a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education in teaching and technology at University of St Francis.