C-K Community Profiles

Meet members of the 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 approximately 14,000 is shaping the debate and catalyzing change.

Current Students

Meet Logan Bierman '19, who shares how his hands-on experience in the C-K Law Group has shaped his career path. He also discusses how his roles in student leadership have allowed him to create forums for in-depth discussions of current legal issues and to share his Jewish culture both on and off campus.

Meet Jo Ann Dominguez '21, a student in our evening division who came to the law school with years of experience as a senior legal analyst in the cybersecurity field. In addition to working full time and taking classes, she’s also found time to contribute as a student leader in our CyberSecurity and Data Privacy Society, where she can share her industry perspective with other students.

Meet Karl Haraldsson '19, a Chicago-Kent Honors Scholar in the evening division who works as a consultant for law firms seeking to transform their practice models to provide services more cost effectively for clients.

Meet Joanna Martin '19, who has been one of our most engaged student leaders, always busy organizing events and looking for opportunities to build community at Chicago-Kent. Her work with student organizations and immigration programs has helped build her legal skills and connections. 

Meet Keisha McClellan '19, who came to Chicago-Kent with a background in television production and branding and now focuses on cybersecurity, data privacy, digital antipiracy, and intellectual property protection. She built on her professional accomplishments by taking on roles in student organizations, legal blogging, and summer experiences, and sharing her expertise with others at Chicago-Kent and beyond.

Meet Michael McGee '20, who gained an early introduction to Chicago-Kent and Chicago’s legal community as an undergraduate student through the law school's PLUS program. As a law student, he is part of the Labor and Employment Law certificate program and the Trial Advocacy team. He also finds time to share his skills as a Student Advocate and a leader of our Student Bar Association.

Meet Cristina McNeiley '20, who was drawn to the legal profession by her powerful personal story and desire to make a difference. As a student, she is already giving back through her leadership roles in several organizations.

Meet Elizabeth Orr '19, who shares the opportunities at Chicago-Kent that have given her the perspective she needs to find the best area of law for her. She also shares the opportunities she’s had as a leader in our student organizations to invest in other students.

Meet Tobias Rodriguez '19, who shares how our labor and employment law and public interest law programs have helped him find his path, and how he’s been able to contribute to our community as a student leader.

Meet Everardo Tapia Vergara '19, who came to Chicago-Kent with a background in engineering, drawn by the strong reputation of our IP and legal writing programs. He took advantage of the flexibility of programs like 1L Your Way and the evening division to find more professional opportunities as a student. Beyond the classroom, his experiences with local bar associations and student organizations helped him build relationships both as a mentor and mentee in the legal field.

Meet Andrew Willis '19, who enjoys creating space for in-depth discussion of current legal topics. As a student leader, he has partnered across organizations and worked with faculty to bring in influential speakers for events. He is also active as a legal blogger and has shared his views on legal podcasts and social media.

Meet Hubert Zanczak '20, who enjoys challenges: in the classroom, in conversations, and in his leadership roles with our student organizations. Learn what drew him to the legal profession and about the courses at Chicago-Kent that helped him envision the role he wants to play in protecting data privacy.

You can also meet members of the Chicago-Kent Advocates, a student group that works with the Office of Admissions to serve as a resource for prospective students.

Recent Students

Meet Caitlin Ajax '17, a national-award-winning appellate advocate and the notes and comments editor of the Chicago-Kent Law Review, who's preparing for a career as a litigator.

Meet Daniel Broaddus '18, a Cornell-trained physicist who is studying in the evening division while working as a scientific advisor in the patent prosecution group of a large intellectual property law firm.

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 Shahina Khan '18, who has proven her leadership and legal skills on campus and off, serving as president of two student organizations while participating in four trial advocacy competitions in the last three years. She has also used her 711 license to serve as a law clerk in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office and now in her position at the ARDC: Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission of the Supreme Court of Illinois.

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 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 Colin Pochie '18, who likes to keep busy. In his 3L year alone he competed in a national moot court competition, volunteered at the Louisiana Civil Justice Center in New Orleans, and coordinated two live symposia for the Chicago-Kent Law Review while serving as Managing Editor. Learn more about what drew him to law school and the opportunities he’s found at Chicago-Kent.

Meet Jun Qiu '18, who was recently recognized as one of National Jurist’s 20 “Law Students of the Year” for her contributions to her law school and community in the past year.

Meet Karen Vaysman '17, a member of the Chicago-Kent Law Review and the Moot Court Honor Society who's making the most of legal research and writing opportunities as she prepares for a career in litigation.

Faculty/Student Teams

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.

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.

Faculty

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 Dan Katz, a legal futurist who is developing innovative new business models to transform the practice of law. Professor Katz—who teaches Civil Procedure, E-Discovery, and Entrepreneurial Lawyering—applies a polytechnic approach to legal education, seeking to arm the next generation of lawyers with science and technology skills.

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.

Alumni

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.