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Rachel Janutis '95


Rachel Janutis was appointed the Geraldine W. Howell Professor of Law at Capital University Law School. The professorship recognizes excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service.

John Connor '95


In the November 2022 elections, John Connor ran for the circuit judge opening in the Twelfth Judicial Circuit, Will County, and won. After leaving the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office as Major Crimes Chief in 2017 for the Illinois House as the 85th District state representative, he was subsequently elected state senator from Illinois’ 43rd senate district and chaired the Criminal Law committee before running for circuit judge. He was sworn in as a circuit judge on December 5th, 2022.

Chad Noreuil '95


Carolina Academic Press recently published the second edition of The Zen of Passing the Bar Exam by Chad Noreuil. 

Sang-yul Lee '95

Sang-yul Lee, a partner at K&L Gates, has been elected a 2020 Fellow to the College of Labor & Employment Lawyers. The College is a non-profit professional association honoring the leading lawyers nationwide in the practice of Labor and Employment Law. Fellows are recognized as distinguished members of the labor and employment community who promote achievement, advancement and excellence in the practice by setting standards of professionalism and civility, by sharing their experience and knowledge and by acting as a resource for academia, the government, the judiciary and the community at large.

Kristine Tuttle '95

Kristine Tuttle has joined Wittman & Lorton, P.C. as a senior attorney. Ms. Tuttle’s practice will consist of general civil litigation, including personal injury, probate, and real estate litigation, banking matters including both creditors’ and debtors’ rights, mineral law (oil, gas and coal rights) and family law.

Heath R. Fear '95

Heath Fear has been appointed Kite Realty Group Trust's Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer as of November 5, 2018. Kite Realty Group Trust is a full-service, vertically integrated real estate investment trust (REIT) that provides communities with convenient and beneficial shopping experiences. 

Jennifer Martin '95

Jennifer Martin has joined Orrice, Herrington & Sutcliffe as the 10th partner in a 17-lawyer group.

Michael Bess '95

Michael Bess has been named a a partner at Michael Best & Friedrich LLP in Chicago. He is a member of the Litigation Practice Group serving as a strategic counselor in complex commercial and criminal cases. Bess has significant drafting expertise and has proved instrumental in securing case dismissals, defeating class certifications, and preserving or reversing judgments on appeal. Bess’s experience spans a wide variety of fields, including securities and consumer fraud class actions, product liability, employment discrimination, white collar, criminal, civil rights, environmental, False Claims Act investigations, and state common law actions.

Melissa Prober '95

Melissa Chroman Prober was recently named Executive Director of the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) Chicago North Shore. Founded in 1893, NCJW is the oldest Jewish women's organization in the US and is an advocate for the rights and well-being of women, children, and families locally, nationally, and around the world.

Rachel Janutis '95

Rachel Janutis has been appointed dean of the Capital University Law School. Named interim dean at the Law School in 2014, Dean Janutis is the first female dean of the Law School and has been a member of Capital's law faculty since 2002. Prior to her appointment as interim dean, she had served as the Law School’s associate dean for Academic Affairs since 2010, and previously as director of Faculty Development. She is highly regarded by students, faculty, and administration for her work as both a future-focused teacher and administrator.