C-K Community Profiles
Meet members of the IIT Chicago-Kent community
Our students are a diverse, eclectic group—hardworking, adept, self-motivated and creative. Our faculty comprises one of the most influential groups of legal scholars in the country. And our global alumni network of more than 12,000 is shaping the debate and catalyzing change.
Meet Esther Mignanelli '14, a Chicago-Kent Honors Scholar and moot court competitor, who knew from an early age she wanted to be a lawyer. Esther wants to get involved in environmental litigation after graduation.
Meet Seth Heim '15, an evening student who worked in intelligence for the U.S. Government before moving to the private sector. Last year, Seth participated in moot court and law review at the same time.
Meet Teri McClerklin '15, a chemical and environmental engineer, who decided to go to law school after 3+ years working as a patent prosecution paralegal in Israel. Teri plans to pursue a career in intellectual property law.
Meet Joseph Carlasare '12, a member of IIT Chicago-Kent's trial advocacy team and winner of the national Best Advocate Award in the 2010 Tournament of Champions, sponsored by the National Institute for Trial Advocacy.
Meet Hazel Gumbs '12, who grew up on Anguilla, majored in economics and political science, and earned her master's degree in public policy. Hazel plans to focus her career on public interest law.
Meet Rachel Remke '12, an IIT Chicago-Kent Honors Scholar. She and her teammates took first place in the 2010 National Institute for Trial Advocacy's Tournament of Champions and second place in the 2011 National Trial Competition.
Meet Caroline Teichner '12, a mechanical and aerospace engineer who knew from a young age that she wanted to practice intellectual property law. Her dream job is to work in-house at Boeing.
Distinguished Professor Lori Andrews directs IIT Chicago-Kent's Institute for Science, Law and Technology and is internationally known for her research and advocacy on reproductive technologies, gene patents, and, most recently, Internet privacy issues. Read about her work with Helen Kim '14 on privacy and social networks.
Professor Ronald Staudt, director of IIT Chicago-Kent's certificate program in public interest law, also directs the law school's Center for Access to Justice & Technology. Read about his work with Daniel Raymer '15 on a web-based program that assists low-income, self-represented litigants.
After graduating from IIT Chicago-Kent in 2001, Professor Ana Mendez Mencini began handling pro bono ayslum cases. Today she teaches immigration law and runs the immigration practice in the Chicago-Kent Law Offices. Read about her work in the immigration clinic with Mark Hamburger '14.
For 15 years, Professor Hank Perritt has led initiatives promoting democratization, rule of law and economic development in post-conflict countries. Read about his work in Iraq with Joe Panza '10.
Meet Professor Bernadette Atuahene, who has been working diligently to understand land restitution and advocate for dispossessed peoples since 2002, when she clerked for the South African Constitutional Court as a Fulbright Scholar. Professor Atuahene teaches courses on international business transactions, property, and international development law and policy.
Meet Professor Howard Eglit, an expert on law and aging and the author of a three-volume treatise on age discrimination. Professor Eglit's scholarly interests also include employment discrimination, constitutional law and remedies.
Meet Professor Nancy Marder, director of IIT Chicago-Kent's Jury Center and author of the book The Jury Process. Professor Marder, who clerked for U.S. Supreme Court justice John Paul Stevens, teaches courses on civil procedure and on juries, judges and trials.
Meet Distinguished Professor Dan Tarlock, a scholar of land and water usage law as well as environmental law and director of the law school's certificate program in environmental and energy law.
Meet Distinguished Professor Joan Steinman, the author of two recently revised treatises on federal practice and procedure. Professor Steinman teaches courses in civil procedure, complex litigation and appellate courts.
Meet Justina Molzon '85, who came to law school as a pharmacist and a public health professional and now works in international programs for the Food and Drug Administration.
Meet Linda Mastandrea '94, a Paralympic gold and silver medal winner who focuses her legal practice on disability discrimination and hears special education cases for the Illinois State Board of Education.
Meet Ann Cresce '94, general counsel and head of compliance for the Hong Kong Mercantile exchange. A graduate of our evening program, Ann attended law school while working and raising young children.
Meet Symeon K. Davis '97, a Los Angeles-based entertainment attorney whose clients include boxer Manny Pacquiao and singer/dancer Isaiah Pittman V (Ip5).
Meet Steve Harris '81 and Richard Kessler '82, old softball buddies who joined practices in 1995. Steve focuses on corporate law and Rick on litigation.
Meet Dorothy Brown '96, Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County. A CPA before becoming a lawyer, Clerk Brown manages a workforce of more than 2,300 employees in one of the word's largest unified court systems.
125 Alumni of Distinction
Meet IIT Chicago-Kent's 125 Alumni of Distinction. To mark the law school's 125th anniversary in 2013, IIT Chicago-Kent honored 125 Alumni of Distinction whose careers exemplify the rich legacy of professional achievement and commitment to public service shared by so many of our graduates over the years.