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Alumni On the Move - Class of 1995

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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  • Robin Belleau became the Executive Director of the Illinois Lawyers' Assistance Program in January 2014. LAP is a commission of the Illinois Supreme Court and assists the legal community with addiction and mental health issues. - April 2014
  • Rene Cruz (left) is sworn in as 16th Circuit Judge by the Hon. James Hallock.The Honorable Rene Cruz was appointed circuit judge in the 16th Judicial Circuit of Illinois. Judge Cruz, initially appointed associate judge in 2012, became the first Hispanic judge in Kane County at that time. He is currently assigned to the Family Division. Judge Cruz is being sworn in by Judge James Hallock (’78) in the photo at right. An official swearing in ceremony will take place September 1, 2016.
  • Hon. Carmen Goodman received the Distinguished Service Award at the NIU College of Law Alumni Council Award ceremony, held June 8, 2012 at River Heights Golf Course in DeKalb, IL.
  • Gregory W. Hoskins was named a 2016 Leading Lawyer in Real Estate Law: Residential. He is with the Law Offices of Gregory W. Hoskins, LLC in Geneva, IL. - April 2016
  • Gregory W. Hoskins was named a 2011 Leading Lawyer in Real Estate Law: Residential. - November 2011
  • Keith A. Johnson has been appointed an associate judge of the 16th Judicial Circuit of Illinois and will be sworn in on September 1, 2016. Johnson is currently engaged in practice with the law firm Speers, Reuland & Cibulskis, P.C. in Aurora, IL.
  • Rich LenkovRich Lenkov was featured in the April 2017 edition of Chicago Lawyer magazine in an interview regarding his roles as attorney, radio host and head of his own production company.
  • Rich Lenkov was named a 2016 Leading Lawyer in Personal Injury Defense Law: General and Workers’ Compensation Defense Law. He is with Bryce Downey & Lenkov LLC in Chicago, IL. - April 2016
  • Rich Lenkov and Scott Prestin are co-producing a documentary on the legendary Super Bowl Champion 1985 Chicago Bears. Former Bear and ’85 team member Otis Wilson is also a co-producer, and the film will be narrated by Jim Belushi. - December 2014
  • Rich Lenkov is the host of Legal Face-off--a fast-paced, high-energy legal program dealing with the hottest issues of the day that is available as a podcast from WGN. Lenkov and attorney Jason Whiteside host the program and provide a legal point/counterpoint perspective on issues ranging from Hollywood celebrities to sports stars and everything in between. Dean Jennifer Rosato Perea was a guest on the show in November 2014 and talked about if there are too many lawyers and the importance of jury selection.
  • Rich Lenkov was named one of the "50 Most Influential People in Workers’ Compensation" by SEAK, Inc., a continuing education, publishing and consulting company.  The list was assembled from those active in the workers’ compensation and occupational medicine field.  Rich, a partner with Bryce, Downey & Lenkov LLC in Chicago, was named NIU Law's Alumnus of the Year in 2013. - August 2014
  • Rich Lenkov was honored as Alumnus of the Year for outstanding career achievements and dedication to the College of Law. - September 2013
  • Alumnus and Board of Visitors member Rich Lenkov was named to the Advisory Board of Legal Prep Charter Academy, Chicago's first and only legal-themed charter high school. - March 2013
  • Rich Lenkov became the first President of the newly-formed Greater Chicago Chapter of the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM), a trade group including risk and litigation managers, insurance and claims professionals, corporate counsel, outside counsel and vendors to those occupations. CLM features 20,000 members nationally, and 1,345 in the Chicago area chapter. - January 2013
  • Rhonda L. Rosenthal was elected to the ISBA Assembly for the 22nd Circuit. - May 2013
  • Lisa Schultz became a partner at Collins & Henderson in Beloit, Wisconsin.  Lisa's practice areas include Family Law, Divorce, Probate, Guardianship, Wills and Trusts, Real Estate Transactions, Small Claims, Criminal and Juvenile Defense. - June 2014
  • John E. Sebastian was named a 2016 Leading Lawyer in Construction Law. He is with Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald, LLP in Chicago, IL. - April 2016
  • John E. Sebastian, a Partner in the Chicago office of Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, was named a member of the prestigious Society of Illinois Construction Attorneys. - October 2011

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