Professor Downey joined the faculty after working as an associate attorney at a large law firm in Chicago. While in private practice, he litigated state and federal cases involving a broad range of legal issues affecting businesses, including securities defense, patent litigation, contract disputes, and complex commercial litigation. He also represented a criminal defendant pro bono in a federal resentencing matter.
Directly after graduating law school, he clerked for Judge David F. Hamilton at the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. While in law school he was an articles editor for the Indiana Law Journal and worked as a summer law clerk for Justice Theodore R. Boehm at the Indiana Supreme Court.
Before law school, Professor Downey developed an undergraduate computer literacy program at South East European University, an international tri-lingual university in the Republic of Macedonia.
Professor Downey teaches Legal Research & Writing I (B542) and Legal Research & Writing II (B543). He also supervises students participating in the Private Practice Externship Program (B514) and the Public Interest Externship Program (B547).