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Awards Reception

Wednesday, September 27, 2017
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Union League Club of Chicago - Crystal Room
65 W. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60604

The event will honor distinguished NIU Law alumni and friends. Complimentary hors d’ oeuvres and drinks provided. Please RSVP to lawevents@niu.edu by September 21, 2017.

2017 Award Recipients

Alumnus of the Year
Richard C. Irvin (’98)
Mayor, Aurora, IL
Aurora, IL

Young Alumna of the Year
Khristian G. Parker (’10)
General Counsel, Teamsters Local Union No. 705
Chicago, IL

Mentor of the Year
Gabriel A. Zunino (’12)
Zunino Law LLC
Chicago, IL

Distinguished Service Award
Robin Belleau (’95)
Executive Director, Lawyers Assistance Program
Chicago, IL

Outstanding Service Award
Lonny B. Ogus (’78)
Law Office of Lonny Ben Ogus
Chicago, IL

Honorary Alumnus
Professor Emeritus Dan Reynolds (posthumously)
Northern Illinois University College of Law
DeKalb, IL

Public Service Award
Richard H. Schmack
Former DeKalb County State’s Attorney
Sycamore, IL

Award Categories

Alumnus/a of the Year

The Alumnus/a of the Year award is bestowed to graduates who have made outstanding achievements in their careers, demonstrated service to their community or profession, and upheld professional integrity.

Distinguished Service 

The Distinguished Service Award is bestowed to graduates who have been out of school for more than 10 years and have made outstanding achievements in their careers, demonstrated service to the NIU College of Law and to the public good, and upheld professional integrity. 

Outstanding Service

The Outstanding Service Award is bestowed to graduates or individuals who have shown outstanding service to the College of Law. They also must demonstrate service to their community or profession, possess outstanding professional accomplishments and uphold professional integrity.

Honorary Law Alumnus/a

The Honorary Law Alumnus/a Award may be bestowed on individuals who are not graduates of the Northern Illinois University College of Law, but who have demonstrated extraordinary commitment to the college and the communities it serves.

Young Alumnus/a of the Year 

The Young Alumnus/a of the Year Award is bestowed to graduates who have been out of law school for 10 years or less and have made outstanding achievements early in their careers, demonstrated devotion to the public good and upheld professional integrity.

Public Service 

The Public Service Award is bestowed to graduates or individuals who are elected officials and who have provided extraordinary support and/or service to the College of Law specifically or NIU in general.

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