Jonathan Helwink

Of Counsel

Jonathan A. Helwink joined Hogan Marren Babbo & Rose, Ltd. as of counsel in August 2017 and focuses his practice on higher education and litigation matters.

During his time as a history professor at Wilbur Wright College, Mr. Helwink gained extensive experience at several levels of higher education. As Co-Chair of his academic department, he monitored contract compliance, handled student concerns, sat on disciplinary committees, developed yearly budgets and managed over forty-five full and part-time employees.  He was also voted a 2015 Distinguished Advisor to the International Honor’s Society, Phi Theta Kappa. 

In the past, Mr. Helwink directed departmental and college-wide student success assessment activities.  He is a frequently invited guest on public panels and presentations both on and off-campus and has made regular appearances on the WYCC television program, “The Professors.”     

In addition to his academic work, Mr. Helwink has published articles for the Illinois State Bar Association’s Education Law Newsletter and for the online magazine, The Federalist. Mr. Helwink’s writing interests include Academic Freedom, faculty discipline, classroom and professor autonomy, reforming the community college mission and structure, alternative student engagement models and accreditation issues. He is also currently writing a book on the history of academic freedom in Western European and American universities. 

Prior to joining HMBR, while teaching and attending law school, Mr. Helwink clerked for the Illinois Attorney General Office-Special Litigation Bureau, the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights and the Legal Advocacy Center at Jewish Child and Family Services. He also currently volunteers as a Pro Bono Attorney for LAF (formerly the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago).

Education

  • Chicago-Kent College of Law (J.D.)
  • DePaul University (M.A. in History)
  • Elmhurst College (B.A. in History)

Admissions

  • Illinois (2016)
  • Chicago Bar Association 
  • Illinois State Bar Association 

 Publications

  • “Addressing Bigotry Does More to Stop It Than Shutting Down Speech,” The Federalist (March 2017)
  • “Safe Spaces Just Make the World More Dangerous,” The Federalist (November 2016).
  • “Texas Judge Puts Temporary Halt on Recent Transgender Guidance,” Illinois State Bar Association Education Law Newsletter (September 2016).

Events

  • Presenter, “Academic Freedom: What It Is, What It Is Not, and How You Can Promote It,” 2017 City Colleges of Chicago Faculty Development Week (August 2017).
  • Panelist, “Safe Spaces and the Modern University,” Reading for Wisdom Series, Wilbur Wright College (December 2016).
  • Guest Panelist, “The Newsmakers: Culture Wars on Campus,” TRT World Television (November 2016).
  • Presenter, “Free Speech Goes to College,” Center for Teaching and Learning, Wilbur Wright College (April 2015).

 

  • Profile

    Jonathan Helwink

    Of Counsel

    Jonathan A. Helwink joined Hogan Marren Babbo & Rose, Ltd. as of counsel in August 2017 and focuses his practice on higher education and litigation matters.

    During his time as a history professor at Wilbur Wright College, Mr. Helwink gained extensive experience at several levels of higher education. As Co-Chair of his academic department, he monitored contract compliance, handled student concerns, sat on disciplinary committees, developed yearly budgets and managed over forty-five full and part-time employees.  He was also voted a 2015 Distinguished Advisor to the International Honor’s Society, Phi Theta Kappa. 

    In the past, Mr. Helwink directed departmental and college-wide student success assessment activities.  He is a frequently invited guest on public panels and presentations both on and off-campus and has made regular appearances on the WYCC television program, “The Professors.”     

    In addition to his academic work, Mr. Helwink has published articles for the Illinois State Bar Association’s Education Law Newsletter and for the online magazine, The Federalist. Mr. Helwink’s writing interests include Academic Freedom, faculty discipline, classroom and professor autonomy, reforming the community college mission and structure, alternative student engagement models and accreditation issues. He is also currently writing a book on the history of academic freedom in Western European and American universities. 

    Prior to joining HMBR, while teaching and attending law school, Mr. Helwink clerked for the Illinois Attorney General Office-Special Litigation Bureau, the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights and the Legal Advocacy Center at Jewish Child and Family Services. He also currently volunteers as a Pro Bono Attorney for LAF (formerly the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago).

  • Education/Admissions

    Education

    • Chicago-Kent College of Law (J.D.)
    • DePaul University (M.A. in History)
    • Elmhurst College (B.A. in History)

    Admissions

    • Illinois (2016)
  • Memberships/Affiliations
    • Chicago Bar Association 
    • Illinois State Bar Association 
  • Publications/Events

     Publications

    • “Addressing Bigotry Does More to Stop It Than Shutting Down Speech,” The Federalist (March 2017)
    • “Safe Spaces Just Make the World More Dangerous,” The Federalist (November 2016).
    • “Texas Judge Puts Temporary Halt on Recent Transgender Guidance,” Illinois State Bar Association Education Law Newsletter (September 2016).

    Events

    • Presenter, “Academic Freedom: What It Is, What It Is Not, and How You Can Promote It,” 2017 City Colleges of Chicago Faculty Development Week (August 2017).
    • Panelist, “Safe Spaces and the Modern University,” Reading for Wisdom Series, Wilbur Wright College (December 2016).
    • Guest Panelist, “The Newsmakers: Culture Wars on Campus,” TRT World Television (November 2016).
    • Presenter, “Free Speech Goes to College,” Center for Teaching and Learning, Wilbur Wright College (April 2015).

     

Jonathan Helwink