NIU Law Students Recognized on Veterans Day

In honor of Veteran’s Day, the NIU College of Law thank all veterans and those currently serving in the military, especially its faculty, staff, alumni, and students for their time, bravery, and sacrifice for this country.  We would like to give a special acknowledgement to Staff Sergeant Carletta Sanders (3L) and Specialist Robert Harden (2L).  These two outstanding law students have served in the United States military for many years.  Their leadership and service continue at the College of Law and throughout the community.

Staff Sergeant Carletta Sanders (3L)

Staff Sergeant Carletta Sanders served in the United States Air Force from 2012-2018.  She says, “It was truly an honor to serve in the Air Force. It provided me with opportunities to hone in on skills that have been vital to my success as a law student. Because of my past experiences, I am able to contribute to the enrichment of classroom discussions and scholarship.”



Specialist Robert Harden (2L)

Specialist Robert Harden has served in the Army National Guard since August 2013.  He says, “Military service has given me lifelong friends, valuable skills, and a greater appreciation for the privileges that many take for granted.”




1SG Jessie A. Nieves

In addition, Susan Koller Nieves (2L) credits her husband and his service for the reason she can attend law school.  1SG Jessie A. Nieves enlisted in the United States Army in March 1994 and deployed to Iraq in January 2004 (Operation Iraqi Freedom II).  Currently in his 27th year of service to our country, 1SG Nieves is serving in the Army Reserves as the Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment First Sergeant for the 3rd Mobilization Support Group, 9th Mission Support Command. She says, “I am humbled by the selfless sacrifice of our nation’s service members called upon to defend our freedom and liberties.”

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