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2014-2015 IBF Fellowship Fundraising Successfully Completed

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August 29, 2014

I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who contributed to the 2014-2015 IBF Fellowship Gift-Matching initiative.

Through your gracious pledges and gifts, we were able to meet and exceed the $10,000 in contributions necessary for the Illinois Bar Foundation (IBF) to match the amount - which will be used to fund a post-graduate fellowship at our NIU College of Law's Zeke Giorgi Clinic in Rockford.

As you may recall, the IBF agreed last year to provide $25,000 to NIU Law, on the condition that the school come up with a matching contribution. We launched the first phase, targeting and achieving $15,000 in Fall 2013. The second phase of the initiative just completed - and once again, with your help, our goals have been achieved.

Taken together, the $50,000 is earmarked to sponsor a full-year, post-graduate fellowship for an NIU Law graduate. We are pleased to announce that Alexis Simmons, Class of 2014, has just begun working at the clinic. Alexis, who worked at the Zeke Giorgi Clinic while in law school, will work on cases in family law, and wills, trusts and probate.

Fellowships like these directly enhance the career opportunities of our graduates by employing and mentoring young alumni in their first year of practice. It is with great pride that we can continue to creatively define and provide such meaningful career opportunities for our graduates. And thanks to your ongoing gracious support, we will continue to do so.

Thank you again.


Jennifer Rosato Perea
Dean & Professor of Law
NIU College of Law


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Melody Mitchell
Alumni Events & Public Relations
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