Alumni Honorees

Jennifer (Stanley) SuprenantJennifer (Stanley) Suprenant

B.S. Sociology, 1996


Jenni Stanley was a rural girl from a small town in Illinois with aspirations of being an electrician.  A full-year scholarship to NIU, coupled with a “fantastic” educational experience, changed all that.  Today, she is a lawyer, specializing in international white collar crime and practicing at one of the most prestigious law firms in the U.S.

After graduating cum laude in three years and with Outstanding Junior and Outstanding Woman Awards, Suprenant went on to receive a combined J.D./M.S.W. from Washington University and an L.L.M. in Taxation from Capital University.

Suprenant spent her early career negotiating highly structured financial transactions, including the construction of continuing care retirement communities and assisted living facilities.  Starting in 2005, she managed the Washington D.C. Global Finance Department for Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft. In addition to managing dozens of sophisticated finance transactions, she designed and implemented a training program for junior attorneys to promote satisfaction, retention and career development.

In 2007, Suprenant relocated to the firm’s Business Fraud and Complex Litigation Group, where, as a senior associate, she represents clients involved in criminal and regulatory matters.  The firm has repeatedly recognized Suprenant for her extensive involvement in pro bono matters, including working with underprivileged children and low-income tenants.

Outside the legal environment, Suprenant works tirelessly rescuing abused and soon-to-be-euthanized animals. Suprenant credits NIU’s Sociology Department for providing her with the skills and drive to pursue ways to better society.