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Alumni On the Move - Class of 1984

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  • Dr. Kenneth C. Chessick has donated another $25,000 to establish the Justin Pettway Award for the Study of Trial Advocacy and Ethics. This becomes the fifth named scholarship in the Kenneth C. Chessick Civil Justice Endowed Scholarship Program. - June 2011
  • Dr. Kenneth and Ellen Chessick Give $3 Million to NIU Athletics - September 2011
  • The 2012 NIU College of Law Alumni Council Award ceremony was held June 8 at River Heights Golf Course in DeKalb.  Award recipients included Kenneth C. Chessick, Alumnus of the Year.
  • Thomas A. Green was named a 2016 Leading Lawyer in Bankruptcy & Workout Law: Commercial, Closely & Privately Held Business Law; Commercial Litigation; Land Use, Zoning & Condemnation Law; and Real Estate Law. He is with Barrick Switzer Long Balsley & Van Evera in Rockford, IL. - April 2016
  • Nancy Hyzer was named a 2011 Leading Lawyer in Real Estate Law: Associations & Condominiums; Real Estate Law: Commercial; and Real Estate Law: Residential.
  • James R. Patton was named a 2016 Leading Lawyer in Medical Malpractice Defense Law and Personal Injury Defense Law. He is with Bozeman, Neighbour, Patton & Noe, LLP in Moline, IL. - April 2016
  • James R. Patton was named a 2011 Leading Lawyer in Personal Injury Defense Law: General and Products Liability Defense Law. - November 2011
  • Janet A. Pioli was named a 2016 Leading Lawyer in Advertising & Media Law; Copyright & Trademark Law; Intellectual Property Law; and Patent Law. She is with Brinks, Gilson & Lione in Chicago, IL. - April 2016
  • Janet Pioli was named a Shareholder at Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione. - January 2012
  • Janet Pioli was elected President of the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago. - June 2012
  • Gabriel M. Rodriguez was named a 2016 Leading Lawyer in Environmental Law. He is with Schiff Hardin, LLP in Chicago, IL. - April 2016
  • Gabriel M. Rodriguez was named a 2011 Leading Lawyer in Environmental Law. - November 2011

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