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Sean Murphy '14

(11/15/20)
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

(9/2/20)
Benjamin Sunshine, an associate at Brinkley Morgan, has been included in The Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch 2021.

Jonathan Padish '14

(8/25/20)
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

(6/10/20)
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

(12/3/18)
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

(6/5/18)
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

(9/27/17)
Rebecca Carcagno has opened her own immigration law firm, The Law Offices of Rebecca Carcagno PLLC, in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Lisa Kpor '14

(5/31/2017)
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

(12/19/2016)
Marissa Meli joined the Green Bay Packers in June 2016 as Corporate Transactions Counsel.