Chicago-Kent Honors Scholar
Class of 2018
Alanna Elinoff graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and received a B.A. in French Studies and International Studies with a specialization in European Economics. Alanna spent her junior year studying at Sciences Po in Paris, France. During her undergraduate career, Alanna was a founding member of Invisible Conflicts where she helped raise money to support the education of 20 children in Pajule, Uganda. After she graduated, Alanna spent a few years working as a pastry cook and pastry chef in kitchens around Chicago. As a self-taught cook, she started as a pastry stage and worked her way up to pastry chef before deciding to attend law school.
During her first year of law school, Alanna volunteered at the Self-Help Web Center at the Richard J. Daley Center. She was also a 1L Representative for Kent Justice Foundation and Society of Women in Law, lending her pastry skills to many bake sales. Alanna spent her summer after 1L working as a judicial extern for the Honorable Charles P. Kocoras in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. She also worked remotely as a part-time law clerk doing immigration work in Denver, Colorado.
Alanna is currently the president of the Art and Cultural Property Law Society, and is on the executive boards of the American Constitution Society and Kent Justice Foundation. Alanna continues to volunteer as a shift manager at the Self-Help Web Center and work part-time in immigration law. In her free time, she enjoys participating in apple pie contests, making jam, knitting, mosaic-ing, and really any craft she can get her hands on.