NIU Law Celebrates 112 Alumni in the Judiciary

Pictured (from left): The Honorable Jim McCluskey (’79), President of the Illinois State Bar Association; Interim Dean Mark Cordes; The Honorable James Snyder (’88), President of the Illinois Judges Association; The Honorable Diann Marsalek (’89), President of the Illinois Judges Foundation; Illinois Supreme Court Justice Thomas L. Kilbride; and NIU Law Alumni Director Melody Mitchell.

The Northern Illinois University College of Law recently held its 2019 Judges’ Reception at the Union League Club of Chicago. The event was well-attended, with over 100 judges, alumni, students, faculty, family, and friends who celebrated the accomplishments of our own NIU Law alumni in the judiciary.

The evening was highlighted with remarks from Interim Dean Mark Cordes; Illinois Supreme Court Justice Thomas L. Kilbride; Judge James Snyder (’88), President of the Illinois Judges Association; and Judge Diann Marsalek (’89), President of the Illinois Judges Foundation.

One of the law school’s most recent achievements was surpassing the 100 mark for the number of alumni judges. NIU Law currently boasts 112 former or current alumni in the judiciary.

NIU Law Alumni in the Judiciary

“This is a remarkable achievement for a school that is both still relatively young and small. It speaks to the quality of education that we offer, but even more so to the quality and ambitions of the students we admit,” said Interim Dean Mark Cordes. “I anticipate that NIU’s tradition of alumni as judges will continue to be strong, and that the judges we honor tonight are paving a path for future graduates to join you in this very important role of public service, access to justice, and ensuring a fair and just society.”

Public service is very much at the heart of the law school’s mission. For the past two years the NIU College of Law has been among the top five law schools in placing graduates in government and public interest jobs, many of whom eventually make it onto the bench.

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