Northern Illinois University College of Law Commencement

Laurel G. BellowsThe Northern Illinois University College of Law Commencement ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 26 at the Northern Illinois University Convocation Center.

This year's commencement address will be given by Laurel G. Bellows. Ms. Bellows is a Principal in The Bellows Law Group, P.C. in Chicago where she represents clients in areas ranging from commercial litigation to business startups.

Ms. Bellows is a leader in the legal community on the local and national level. She is currently the President-elect nominee of the American Bar Association. She is immediate past Chair of the American Bar Association’s House of Delegates, the ABA’s policy-making body; the second-highest elected office in the ABA. She is past President of the Chicago Bar Association and of the National Council of Bar Presidents.

Highly regarded for her contributions to the profession, Ms. Bellows has received many honors and awards. American Lawyer Magazine selected Ms. Bellows as one of seven women nationally who contributed most to the advancement of women in the legal profession. Chicago Magazine designated her as a Power Lawyer, and Crain’s Chicago Business named her in the Who’s Who in Chicago Business List and as one of Chicago’s 100 Women of Influence.

The American Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession awarded her the Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award in recognition of her accomplishments in the field of law and for paving the way to success for other women lawyers. Ms. Bellows was one of 12 women from throughout the world to receive the Women Who Make a Difference Award from the International Women’s Forum, a nonpartisan organization of women from throughout the world who hold leadership positions in business, the professions, academics, politics and the arts.