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Alumni On the Move - Class of 1981

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  • Hon. Mary Beth BonaventuraHon. Mary Beth Bonaventura was appointed Director of the Indiana Department of Child Services. - February 2013

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  • Marc Fenton has become senior counsel at the Chicago firm of Levenfeld Pearlstein, LLC. His primary area of practice is restructuring and corporate reorganization. - February 2016
  • Marc Fenton became senior counsel at Brown Udell Pomerantz & Delrahim in Chicago, where he practices in the areas of corporate restructurings, liquidations, and real estate workouts. - January 2015
  • Martin A. Kanofsky was named a 2016 Leading Lawyer in Insurance, Insurance Coverage & Reinsurance Law and Transportation Defense Law including Aviation/FELA/Maritime. He is with Merlo Kanofsky Gregg & Machalinski Ltd. in Chicago, IL. - April 2016
  • Jeffery T. Kubes was named a 2011 Leading Lawyer in Commercial Litigation; Personal Injury Defense Law: General: Products Liability Defense Law; and Prof’l Malpractice Defense: Incl. Legal/Technical/Financial. - November 2011
  • Richard S. Lauter was named a 2016 Leading Lawyer in Bankruptcy & Workout Law: Commercial. He is with Freeborn & Peters, LLP in Chicago, IL. - April 2016
  • Richard S. Lauter was named a 2011 Leading Lawyer in Bankruptcy & Workout Law: Commercial. - November 2011
  • Diane Romza-Kutz joined Husch Blackwell in Chicago, IL. - August 2013
  • Kathleen T. Zellner was named a 2016 Leading Lawyer in Civil Appellate Law, Civil Rights/Constitutional Law, Criminal Appellate Law, Criminal Defense Law: Felonies & Misdemeanors, and Personal Injury Law: Professional Malpractice. She is with Kathleen T. Zellner & Association PC in Downers Grove, IL. - April 2016
  • Kathleen T. Zellner was named a 2011 Leading Lawyer in Civil Rights/Constitutional Law; Criminal Appellate Law; Criminal Defense Law: Felonies and Misdemeanors; Personal Injury Law: General; and Personal Injury Law: Professional Malpractice. - November 2011
  • Kathleen T. Zellner has garnered media attention for taking on Steven Avery, subject of the Netflix series Making a Murderer, as a client. Zellner was profiled by entertainment website The Wrap in an article by Tim Kenneally on January 11, 2016.
  • Kathleen Zellner has been named 2014 Person of the Year by Chicago Lawyer magazine. - December 2014
  • Kathleen Zellner was featured as "A champion of exonerations" in an interview with John Flynn Rooney in the April 22, 2014 edition of the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.

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