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Patricia Sudendorf

Director of the LL.M. Program in Trial Advocacy for International Students and Instructor of Law

Ms. Sudendorf came to IIT Chicago-Kent in 2013 to launch the law school's new LL.M. Program in Trial Advocacy for International Students. She brings to the law school 17 years' experience as a prosecutor and has been coaching trial advocacy teams since 1996. Over the course of her career, she has litigated more than 60 jury trials and hundreds of bench trials and motions.

Ms. Sudendorf started her legal career as an assistant state's attorney at the Cook County State's Attorney's Office in 1989 as a trial prosecutor. She moved up to supervisor first in the Juvenile Justice Division and then in the branch courts in Skokie. In 2002, she headed the Domestic Violence Division.

From 2004 and 2009, she was assistant director of programs for the National District Attorneys Association in Columbia, South Carolina, where she developed and implemented continuing legal education programs for prosecutors across the country. She also served as managing editor of The Practical Prosecutor, an annual publication on effective trial advocacy for prosecutors, and edited Managing Prosecutors, a manual for prosecutors who supervise other attorneys and support staff.

In 2009, Ms. Sudendorf was recruited to return to the Cook County State's Attorney's Office, where she spent two years as chief of the Sex Crimes Division and supervised more than 20 attorneys.

Ms. Sudendorf has extensive experience teaching trial advocacy skills to attorneys from all over the world. Working with the U.S. Justice Department's Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance & Training, she traveled to Bosnia and Herzegovina for a "Train the War Crimes Trainers" seminar for judges and prosecutors. She also participated in Proyecto Diamante, a federal faculty development program teaching American trial advocacy skills to Mexican prosecutors as Mexico began transitioning to a more adversarial justice system. Between 2006 and 2009, Ms. Sudendorf was director of the Palmetto Council for International Visitors, working with the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to bring current and emerging world leaders to visit the United States. Between 2004 and 2008, she taught trial techniques to Chilean litigators as a visiting faculty member of the Universidad Alberto Hurtado, while Chile's criminal procedure system was transitioning from an inquisitorial model to oral trials. Ms. Sudendorf has also given seminars and lectures for the National District Attorneys Association, the Law Enforcement Training Advisory Commission, and the Ohio Attorney General's Office.

Ms. Sudendorf earned her bachelor's and J.D. degrees from Loyola University Chicago.