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Manita Rawat '05

(11/3/20)
The Duane Morris Women’s Impact Network for Success (WINS) has honored Manita Rawat, managing partner of the firm’s Silicon Valley office, with the Cheryl Bryson Leadership Award.

The award recognizes significant contributions, including professional development, leadership and mentoring, made by a lawyer to women in the legal profession. The award is named in honor of the late Cheryl Blackwell Bryson, a Duane Morris partner in Chicago who died in January 2012 after a long battle with cancer. Bryson was a leader in many significant civic and community causes, and she was repeatedly honored throughout her career as a major pioneer, both as a female lawyer and as a lawyer of color.

Despite her extremely busy schedule, Manita Rawat was chosen for going out of her way to work with young female lawyers and serve as a mentor to them in terms of “work product, marketing and what it means to be a good firm citizen.” She is committed to having open and honest discussions with young attorneys related to practice and personal issues.

C.P. Hoffman '05

(4/2/20)
In February, C.P. Hoffman was named Legal Director of FreeState Justice, Maryland's LGBTQ+ advocacy organization. They joined FreeState Justice in 2019 as a staff attorney.

Scott Kording '05

(11/30/18)
Scott E. Kording has been named a new associate judge for the 11th Judicial Circuit, according to a statement from the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts.

Jason Barickman '05

(11/8/18)
Jason Barickman was reelected to the Illinois Senate, where he represents the 53rd Legislative District and where he serves as the Senate Assistant Republican Leader, Co-Chair of the Legislative Audit Commission, Minority Spokesperson on the Judiciary Committee, and as a member of the Criminal Law, Education, Executive, and Labor committees.

Manita Rawat '05

(8/16/18)
Duane Morris LLP has appointed University of Illinois College of Law alumna Manita Rawat managing partner of the firm’s Silicon Valley office. Duane Morris’ Silicon Valley office is one of five in California, including locations in San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego and Lake Tahoe. The firm has over 800 attorneys worldwide, including 140 in California.

James Davis '05

(11/9/17)
Ropes and Gray has named James Davis a partner in their Silicon Valley office. James focuses his practice on intellectual property litigation in federal courts, as well as before the ITC and the PTAB. Applying his background in electrical and computer engineering, he has represented clients across a broad range of technologies, including semiconductors, analog circuits, wireless technology, consumer electronics, internet services and medical devices.