Tom Higgins


This is the page for Tom Higgins, Professor, Criminal Justice and Paralegal Studies at Illinois Central College.
While you are not able to visit me on campus currently, you have as much if not more access to me or any other ICC Faculty member in our current remote learning environment.  So do not hesitate to contact me. 
About Professor Higgins:
I am in the above photo, front row to the right.  I am a proud ICC and first-generation college graduate. I earned my AAS in Police Science in 1985.   This photo was taken outside Dirksen Hall during a break between Police Science classes.    

The gentleman seated in the center of this group of now retired or near retired public servants is our mentor, Roy "Doc" Wright.  Doc was the person responsible for founding or facilitating the development of most of the Public Service programs currently or formerly offered at the college. My colleague, Professor Nick Graff, is also an ICC Police Science grad and a Doc Wright disciple.   
That may seem like trivial information to you.  If you end up being one of our graduates, you will be part of this legacy and add to our tradition.  We take pride in what Doc Wright, John Wyant, and others helped build, maintain, and continue and we hope our graduates will do the same.
This is a more accurate representation of me today.  This photo was taken when I was coaching an ICC Alumni team.  I played basketball for ICC during my student days.  I coached basketball for 27 years, grade school, high school, and at ICC.  Coaching was for me what golf, fishing or some other hobby or activity is to most people. I am still searching for something to fill that void.  But I remain a Law Life Coach.
Teaching, working, working out and rarely leaving our home has been difficult.  I still can't quite get my head around it.  But I am thankful we have a home, that I have space that I could carve out an office and "classroom" out of and that I get to see my students, even if we aren't in the same physical space.  I continue to be available and your Law Life Coach in several mediums until we can visit on campus. Use the link above to figure out how to follow and connect with me.
Contact Information:
Tom Higgins
Professor of Criminal Justice and Paralegal Studies
President of the Faculty Forum
Illinois Central College
If you have a question or concern regarding a class, please e-mail me. 
Be sure you provide your full name, the specific course, and your question, concern, or reason for contacting me.
I will answer emails within 24 hours of receipt, Monday through Friday.  
In circumstances where it would be best that we talk, I will request that we arrange a remote meeting using Zoom or Google Meets.  
Education:

University of Illinois Urbana Champaign-Master of Online Teaching Certificate 2000

The John Marshall Law School-Juris Doctor 1990

Bradley University-BS, Administration of Criminal Justice 1987

Illinois Central College-AAS, Police Science 1985

Experience:

City of Peoria, Fire and Police Commission 2012 to 2020

Illinois Central College, Professor, 1996 to Present; served as Paralegal Program Director, 1996-2007

Mediator, Arbitrator and Legal Consultant, 1996 to Present; resolving conflicts, to include EEOC, labor, property and liability issues and claims.

Administrative Hearing Officer, appointed to serve in Peoria, Pekin, East Peoria, Creve Couer and Marquette Heights 1996 to Present

Attorney, Private Practice of Law 1990-1996

Also gained valuable on the job experience in various criminal justice and law-related positions while earning my formal education between 1985 and 1990, including Illinois Central College Public Safety (Campus Police); Northwestern University Police Department; two Chicago law firms; Research Assistant to John Marshall Law School Dean Gil Johnston; and as a Senior Law Student at the Illinois Attorney General's Office, Criminal Appeals Division.

Articles and Acknowledgments:

Driving Under the Influence in Illinois, 22 Loy. U. Chi. L.J. 551 (1991)

Motions in Limine: Use and Consequences in Illinois, 26 J. Marshall L. Rev. 305 (1993)

Utilization of Paralegals in Illinois: The secret to a more efficient and profitable law practice (printed and re-printed in various Illinois State Bar Association publications and local and State bar association Continuing Legal Education materials)

Various Continuing Legal Education program materials for Peoria County, Illinois State Bar Association and private CLE provider programs.

40 Leaders Under 40

Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year

Faculty Who Make a Difference, WIU

Faculty Who Make a Difference, Illinois Central College

Top Lawyers in Illinois

Remote Teaching Experience and Courses Taught:

An early participant in and graduate of the University of Illinois’ internationally acclaimed Master of Online Teaching program, Professor Higgins studied and helped develop best practices for presenting courses over what was at the time a relatively new “Internet”.  He has taught courses remotely, in some format, since 1999.  He is well-practiced at designing and he has demonstrated success in presenting quality synchronous or asynchronous online learning experiences.  His students learn the course objectives.  More importantly, they carry the knowledge and skills intended from those courses and into their law and justice careers.

  

A pioneer in remote dispute resolution, Professor Higgins has kept his legal knowledge and skills sharp in part by staying connected to the legal community and justice system through service as a Municipal Hearing Officer and by resolving disputes as a Senior Mediator and Arbitrator. 

 

This list found below represents courses taught by Thomas P. Higgins since 1996 in either the American Bar Association-approved Post Degree and Degree Paralegal Programs or the Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Programs at Illinois Central College.  


Administrative Law

Administration of Justice

Business Law I

Business Law II

Business Organizations

Civil Litigation

Criminal Justice Internship

Criminal Law

Criminal Law and Procedure

Criminal Procedure and Evidence

Ethics and Professional Responsibility for Paralegals

Family Law

Independent Study in Criminal Justice

Introduction to Criminal Justice

Introduction to Paralegal

Juvenile Delinquency

Law Office Management

Legal Environment of Business

Legal Research I

Legal Research II

Medical Terminology for Paralegals

Paralegal Internship

Real Estate Law

Special Topics in Criminal Justice

Wills, Trusts and Estates