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Nicole Langston '14


Vanderbilt Law announced the appointment of Nicole Langston as an Assistant Professor of Law in early August.

Susanna Lee '14


Susanna Lee has received the Top 10 Thirty Somethings award by the Association of Corporate Counsel. The award recognizes in-house counsel between the ages of 30 and 39 for their innovation, approaches to challenges, contributions to the in-house community, and pro Bono and volunteer work.

Lisa Kpor '14


Lisa M. Kpor has become Litigation Counsel at United Airlines after practicing litigation and entertainment law at Holland & Knight LLP in Chicago for nearly a decade.

Sali Wissa '14


Sali Wissa was promoted to Partner at Baker McKenzie in the Firm’s Chicago office. Wissa joined the firm in 2014 after graduating from the College of Law and is in Baker’s Transactional Group. Wissa's practice focuses on advising publicly traded companies on all aspects of their reporting obligations, corporate governance matters, and capital raising.

Lisa Kpor '14


Lisa M. Kpor has received the Next Gen Emerging Millennial Leader Award from the Corporate Counsel Women of Color (CCWC), a national organization advocating for diversity, equity and inclusion in the legal profession. Ms. Kpor is a litigation associate who works in the Holland & Knight Chicago office.

Susanna Lee '14

Susanna Lee has joined Salesforce (NYSE: CRM) as Corporate Counsel in the Alliances team of the company’s Commercial, Marketing, and Procurement legal group.

Sean Murphy '14

Since early 2020, Sean P. Murphy ('14), Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico, has been working with the FBI on an investigation involving the importation of nearly 700 kg of cocaine directly from Venezuela. That investigation culminated on November 1, 2020, when an undercover FBI agent received 679.2 kg of cocaine—worth approximately $20 million—directly from two Venezuelan vessels during a high seas transfer. With assistance from Customs and Border Patrol and the U.S. Coast Guard, both Venezuelan vessels were apprehended. All twenty-six Venezuelan nationals plus four Puerto Rican co-conspirators were arrested, and AUSA Murphy secured an indictment from a federal Grand Jury on allegations including Conspiracy to Possess a Controlled Substance On Board A Vessel Subject to the Jurisdiction of the United States and Conspiracy to Import a Controlled Substance into the United States.

Benjamin Sunshine '14

Benjamin Sunshine, an associate at Brinkley Morgan, has been included in The Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch 2021.

Jonathan Padish '14

Jon Padish was recently named Counsel for Defense Contract Management Agency Chicago, U.S. Department of Defense. Jon previously served as Assistant Counsel for the Defense Finance and Accounting Service in Indianapolis.

Janneth Lanini (Herrera) '14

Janneth Lanini has been elected as President of the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois (HLAI) for the 2020-2021 bar year. She will begin serving in that role in July.

Sean P. Murphy '14

Sean P. Murphy recently accepted an offer to serve as an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Puerto Rico as part of the Violent Crimes unit in the Criminal Division. Previously, Sean served the people of the state of New York for over four years as an Assistant District Attorney in the County of the Bronx where he prosecuted varied offenses, including drug trafficking, gang activity, firearms, violent crime, and DWI.

Alex Acerra '14

After spending far too long clerking at the Colorado Court of Appeals, Alex has joined the Colorado Attorney General's Office as an Assistant AG. His new role focuses on regulating public utilities in the energy, transportation, and telecom industries.

Rebecca Carcagno '14

Rebecca Carcagno has opened her own immigration law firm, The Law Offices of Rebecca Carcagno PLLC, in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Lisa Kpor '14

On May 24, 2017, Lisa Mon'a Kpor received an Award for Excellence in Pro Bono Service from the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the Chicago Chapter of the Federal Bar Association in recognition of her outstanding commitment to pro bono representation.

Marissa Meli '14

Marissa Meli joined the Green Bay Packers in June 2016 as Corporate Transactions Counsel.