Ashley Marie Sutherland ’23 has transformed herself from a gardener and grant writer to an aspiring patent attorney—with a hefty dose of entrepreneurship in between. Her family startup, HEIRS farm--a 1,200-square-foot indoor vertical hydroponic farm, focusing on bringing culturally relevant microgreens to Chicago's south side--won the top prize of $30,000 at the 2021 Pitch@IllinoisTech competition. Sutherland hopes to use her background in biology and community work to further her farming aspirations, while also weaving patent work into the fledgling "agritech" field.
As a hair salon owner, Katherine Hanson would listen to women talk about safety issues or discrimination they’d experienced on their jobs. The single mother decided to do more: enrolling in Chicago-Kent and starting a support group for parenting students as well as a 501c3 to provide additional resources. She's also excelled academically: becoming editor of the Law Review, serving on the Executive Board of the Student Bar Association, and winning multiple writing awards.
His knack for interviewing led him to law school. Roberto Martinez found his love for labor and employment law during his studies, and hopes to continue to help people find their voices, in court and out. “Connecting with individuals and getting their perspective and story, that’s what’s important,” he says.
She faced hardships because of her disability. She switched careers because she wanted to do something about it. The founder and president of Chicago-Kent's Disability Advocacy Law Student Association talks about where she came from, and where she hopes to go.
Zoe started her 1L year in our part-time evening program and is continuing now in the full-time day program. She’s originally from New York. Learn how her theatre background led her to the Trial Advocacy Program at Chicago-Kent. Her favorite class with Judge Erickson, Criminal Law, has confirmed that path. Zoe also shares what she would have done differently when applying to law schools and how she found the right fit at Chicago-Kent.
Manuela is a 1L originally from Bogota, Colombia. Learn how the 1L Your Way options and her classes helped her consider which areas of law she’s most interested in pursuing. She also shares opportunities like the Institute for the Future of Law Practice program and mentoring connections that have helped her navigate her path as a law student and legal professional.
Scott is a 1L who is originally from Kansas. Find out what TV show helped him find his passion for law, and why he chose Chicago-Kent after working in higher education admissions and recruitment. Scott also gives advice on the transition to law school and the best ways to experience Chicago.
Erin is a 1L who grew up in Chicago. In high school, she saw the impact of legal reasoning and was intrigued by public policy. Learn what she loved about her torts class and the opportunities she’s looking forward to in Chicago-Kent’s certificate programs. Erin also gives advice to incoming students, describes why she loves Chicago, and how she enjoys the city.
Jo Ann Dominguez is 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.
Michael McGee gained an early introduction to Chicago-Kent and Chicago’s legal community through the PLUS program as an undergraduate student. As a law student, he quickly found ways to engage in programs that fit his goals. We’re glad he also finds time to share his skills as a Student Advocate and a leader of our Student Bar Association.