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Alumni On the Move - Class of 1997

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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  • Rene Cruz became the newest Associate Judge in the 16th Judicial Circuit of Illinois.  - November 2012
  • Melissa Olivero has been appointed vice chair of the Illinois State Bar Association's (ISBA) Standing Committee on Women & the Law. She has also been appointed to serve on the ISBA Bench & Bar Section Counsel. Additionally, the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism featured Olivero in its 2 Civility communication channel. - May 2016
  • Melissa M. Olivero, an Administrative Law Judge for the National Labor Relations Board, was presented with the College of Law Outstanding Alumni Award by the NIU Alumni Association at an awards ceremony held at NIU on Friday, April 25, 2014.
  • Melissa Olivero was appointed as an Administrative Law Judge by the National Labor Relations Board. - March 2013
  • Scott Smith recently transferred to Deloitte China for a three-year assignment to assist with the opening and start-up of its Global Delivery Center in the city of Chongqing as Managing Director, Global and Transition. - April 2015
  • Eric C. Weis was sworn in to his fourth term as state’s attorney for Kendall County, IL in December of 2016. Eric is a member of the Kendall County Chief’s of Police Association, the 16th & 23rd Judicial Circuits Family Violence Prevention Steering Committee and is an executive board member of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids. Eric recently served as a representative on the Capital Punishment Reform Study Committee and he also currently serves as chairman of the Kendall County Juvenile Justice Council. - March 2017
  • Robin Zandri has been named a 2016 Leading Lawyer by the Leading Lawyers Network. The Law Bulletin Publishing Company operates the network and names approximately five percent of all attorneys in Illinois to the list each year. Zandri is a family law attorney with Goostree Law Group, P.C. in St. Charles, IL. - December 2016

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