Laurie Reynolds is the Prentice H. Marshall Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois. She received a master’s degree in Spanish linguistics and a JD degree summa cum laude from the University of Illinois, where she was editor-in-chief of the Illinois Law Forum (law review). Before joining the faculty in 1982, she practiced with Jenner & Block in Chicago. Her research projects focus on issues of local government law, school funding law, and regionalism, and she has written various law review articles on those topics. With Professor Richard Briffault of the Columbia University School of Law, Professor Reynolds published the seventh edition of State and Local Government Law. With Professor David McCarthy, Dean Emeritus of the Georgetown University Law Center, she co-authored the fifth edition of Local Government Law in a Nutshell. She collaborates with municipal attorneys, public interest law firms, and local government units to advance home rule powers, public employee rights, intelligent land use planning, and fair commercial practices.