Adrienne Finucane

Adrienne Finucane Honors Scholar, Class of 2021Chicago-Kent Honors Scholar

Class of 2021

Adrienne Setsuko Finucane, a '21 Honors Scholar, will join Chapman Spingola upon graduation as an associate attorney in intellectual property and complex commercial litigation. Adrienne is a graduate of Wilson High School in Washington D.C., and received a B.A. in government from Cornell University with a focus on international politics and migration. After college, Adrienne spent a number of years as a community organizer in New Orleans, and worked for several Chicago criminal defense and mitigation specialists on death penalty and RICO cases.

Adrienne focused her time at Chicago-Kent on the intersection between technological innovation and constitutional law: she was a research assistant at the Institute for Science, Law and Technology (ISLAT), a competitor in a Siegenthaler-Sutherland competition on social media and free speech, and a team member in the 2020 Honors Project on data privacy and law. She wrote her 3L honors thesis on the potential impact of antitrust suits against Big Tech companies on First and Fourth Amendment rights. Adrienne was a proud member of Kent's Moot Court Honor Society, a finalist for best brief and best oralist in the Rovner Competition, and a regional semifinalist in the New York City Bar's National Competition. Adrienne won a Cali Award for Legal Writing in her 1L year, and had the amazing great fortune to extern for Justice Lampkin of the Illinois Appellate Court - First District as a 2L. She is unendingly grateful for the wealth of opportunities she has had at Chicago-Kent.

Adrienne has lived abroad and speaks an impressive number of languages badly. She is also -- in her spare time -- a pop/noise musician (violin/vox), a sharp political analyst, a solid bbq hostess, and second-favorite mom to a seven-year-old pitbull puppy.