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Alumni On the Move - Class of 1987

Alumni of the NIU College of Law are an accomplished and driven group, comprising a nationwide community of legal practitioners, judges, public servants, and educators. We are proud to highlight their distinguished achievements and activities. Check back regularly for updates and see how NIU Law alumni exemplify excellence in their professions.

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  • Michael Coppedge was appointed an Associate Judge in the 22nd Circuit of Illinois (McHenry County). He currently practices in Crystal Lake. - October 2015
  • Julie L. Galassi was named a 2016 Leading Lawyer in Employment Law: Employee and Military Law. She is with Hasselberg, Rock, Bell & Kuppler LLP in Peoria, IL. - April 2016
  • Julie L. Galassi was named a 2011 Leading Lawyer in Employment Law: Employee and Military Law. - November 2011
  • Keith Grant was installed as President of the Lake County Bar Association earlier this month - the first active Public Defender so honored in the LCBA's 102 year history.  In 2013, Keith was elected to a two-year term as President of the Illinois Public Defender Association (representing nearly 2000 defenders state-wide). - June 2014
  • G. Edward Murphy was named a 2016 Leading Lawyer in Family Law. He is with Murphy & Dunn, P.C. in Peoria, IL. - April 2016
  • Ron Sykstus was recently named a 2015 Alabama Super Lawyer by Thomson Reuters and the publishers of Business Alabama in the areas of consumer bankruptcy, consumer law and military law. He also recently published “Bankruptcy – We Wrote the Book on It,” available at Amazon. His offices are located in Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee. - July 2015

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