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NIU Law Board of Visitors Elects New Executive Board

April 30, 2014

DeKalb, Ill.--The NIU College of Law Board of Visitors elected a new Executive Board during its biannual meeting in April. Louis G. Apostol (’78) was named chair, transitioning from his previous position as vice chair. He is joined by Hon. William J. Haddad (ret.) and Catherine G. McCabe (’01), who were elected vice chair and secretary, respectively. Each member of the new leadership team is a respected member in the Chicago legal community as well as a local leader in their own right.

Mr. Apostol is the executive director, general counsel, and legislative liaison for the Illinois Property Tax Appeal Board. He has been a practicing lawyer in Illinois for 34 years and was a partner in several large law firms in Chicago specializing in civil and criminal litigation, tax, finance, banking, and government law. Apostol has served as a Commissioner on the Illinois Court of Claims, Public Administrator of Cook County, and as special counsel for the City of Chicago. He is an active member of the American Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association, Hellenic Bar Association and Chicago Council of Lawyers, having served as chair, vice chair and legislative liaison to various committees. He also served as the president of the Hellenic Foundation in Chicago and was recently inducted into the United Hellenic Voters of America's prestigious “Hall of Fame” for his many contributions to the practice of law and government service.

Judge Haddad was appointed a Cook County Circuit Court judge in 2003. Following his retirement from the bench in 2013, Judge Haddad joined ADR Systems of America as a senior mediator and he is “Of Counsel” to his former law firm, Schlack and McGinnity, LLC. Prior to his judicial appointment, Haddad was a partner with Haddad, Schlack & Associates. He began his legal career as an Assistant State's Attorney of Cook County. His extensive professional experiences include serving as founder and past president of the Arab-American Bar Association of Illinois and the Suburban Bar Coalition of Cook County, past president of the West Suburban Bar Association, founding chair of the Illinois Law Consortium for Palestinian Legal Education (USAID), past chair of the Legal Affairs Committee of Mayor Daley’s Advisory Council on Arab Affairs, and past chair of the Crime Prevention Awards Committee of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce.

Kate McCabe is a judicial law clerk for Justice Mary O'Brien in the Illinois Appellate Court, Third District. She is also a member of the NIU Law Alumni Council, having served previously as Council president. She has continually helped to organize the College of Law's signature alumni events and serves as an invaluable source of support for NIU Law. She is an extremely active mentor to NIU Law students and recent graduates and was named the 2013 Mentor of the Year by the NIU Law Alumni Council.

The Board of Visitors is extremely grateful to the outgoing members of the Executive Board. Both prominent Chicago attorneys, John S. Monical (’94), managing partner with the law firm of Lawrence Kamin Saunders & Uhlenhop, LLC served as Chair since 2010 and Robert K. Downs, sole practitioner and former ISBA President served as Secretary since 2012.

During his two terms as chair, Monical spearheaded a new Mentoring Program for first-year law students in 2010 which continues to be an overwhelming success; he has hosted speed resume review workshops and dinner for students at his firm; and he established BOV working groups to assist the College of Law in the vital areas of Fundraising, Career Development and Outreach. During his term as Secretary, Downs headed the Fundraising working group established by Monical and served as an invaluable source of experience and knowledge. Their contributions to the Board leadership have been vital to the success of NIU Law, and the College of Law is fortunate that they continue their involvement on the Board.


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