Areto ImoukhuedeAssociate Professor of Law
EducationJ.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 2002
B.A., Northwestern University, 1999
Professor Areto Imoukhuede holds a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center, where he served as President of the Student Bar Association and was awarded the Dean’s Certificate for Outstanding Service. He holds a B.A. in Economics from Northwestern University where he was awarded the Golden Bear Award for Financial Acumen. Professor Imoukhuede teaches contracts and constitutional law.
He researches and writes on education as a fundamental duty as well as on homeland security law and policy. His article, The Fifth Freedom: The Constitutional Duty to Provide Public Education is a powerful and provocative argument for why there is a fundamental duty to provide public education under the U.S. Constitution. The Fifth Freedom was published in volume 22 of the University of Florida Journal of Law & Public Policy. Professor Imoukhuede’s forthcoming article, Freedom from Ignorance: The International Duty to Provide Public Education, continues his “fundamental rights as duties” project that he began with The Fifth Freedom. It argues that public education is an international human right that the U.S. ought to recognize and protect. His third article in the fundamental rights as duties project, Education Rights and The New Due Process, was recently accepted for publication by the Indiana Law Review and is expected to be published later this year. It argues that without an educated citizenry, liberty and democracy are empty concepts, devoid of meaning for all but the economically privileged and socially advantaged.
Professor Imoukhuede’s has previously served as a Congressional Fellow in the U.S. House of Representatives where he conducted extensive research on U.S. education policy and related domestic and international issues. He also interned in the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division where he concentrated on airline mergers and international commerce issues.
Before joining the Shepard Broad Law Center faculty, Professor Imoukhuede served as Investigative Counsel for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security. As Investigative Counsel, he investigated the operations of the Department of Homeland Security and drafted original committee reports and legislation while also advising the Members of Congress and their staffs on Homeland Security law and policy.
In addition to his federal government service, Professor Imoukhuede practiced complex commercial litigation and business regulation in the Chicago offices of Sonnenschein Nath and Rosenthal (now known as SNR Denton). He represented several Fortune 100 clients and prepared and analyzed a variety of contracts, licensing agreements, and other legal documents in major antitrust, pharmaceutical, and franchising disputes. Notably, Professor Imoukhuede drafted the class action settlement in a well-known beef in French fries lawsuit. He also helped write successful appellate briefs in some well-known obesity lawsuits.
Professor Imoukhuede is a member of the Bars of Illinois, the District of Columbia, and the Northern District of Illinois. He is also a proud Eagle Scout.