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Alumni On the Move - Class of 2006

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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  • Karoline CarstensKaroline Carstens has been made a shareholder in the firm of Simmons Hanly Conroy in Alton, IL. Carstens focuses her practice on helping those affected by asbestos-related diseases, such as mesothelioma. - January 2017
  • Karoline Carstens has been named Young Lawyer of the Year by the Illinois State Bar Association. She is an associate with Simmons Hanly Conroy in Alton, IL. - June 2016
  • Rebecca Dobbs made partner at the St. Charles office of SmithAmundsen LLC on March 16th. Rebecca is a member of the firm’s Labor and Employment Practice Group where she focuses her practice on employee benefit compliance, administration, and litigation. - March 2012
  • Jonathon Hoag made partner with the law firm of SmithAmundsen LLC (St. Charles, IL).  A member of the Labor & Employment Practice Group, he focuses his practice on representing employers in labor & employment matters before state, federal, and administrative courts.  His practice involves matters including wage and hour claims, employment contract issues, disability claims, discrimination and retaliation claims, harassment claims, prevailing wage issues, union issues, and safety and health matters.  He is a contributing author to the Labor & Employment Law Update blog. - March 2014
  • Jennifer Sellers WongJennifer Sellers Wong made partner at Early Tousey Regan Wlodek & Wong in Elgin, IL. She maintains a general practice with an emphasis in higher educational law, contract matters and disputes, personal injury, real estate, estate planning and civil litigation. - June 2016


  • Michael Wong was made partner at SmithAmundsen, LLC. Mike practices in management side Labor & Employment Law including advising and defending companies on their HR policies and employee issues, disability accommodation issues, FMLA claims, discrimination and harassment issues, wage and hour matters, medical marijuana and concealed carry in the workplace and other labor and employment law issues arising under state, federal and administrative laws. - March 2016

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