Samantha Wolfe

Student and Alumni Stories

Chicago-Kent is home to an amazing community, with a diverse range of interests and backgrounds. Browse our stories below for pictures and perspectives from our students, recent graduates, and alumni of note.

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  1. Respect and Justice for All

    • Law '94

    “If we as judges allow chaos to take over our courtrooms, we as a society are done because we’re the last bastion,” says Judge John Fitzgerald Lyke Jr. ’94. “We’re...

  2. Advocating from the Heart

    • Law '17

    Editor's note: this is an updated story from the the Fall 2023 Chicago-Kent Magazine. To read the magazine in full, follow this link . “I always envisioned being a lawyer...

  3. Seeing is Believing

    • Law '09

    Editor's note: this is a story from the the Fall 2023 Chicago-Kent Magazine. To read the magazine in full, follow this link . “I am truly a public interest attorney...

  4. No Regrets

    • Law '23

    Growing up in Albania, Zeta Terpollari ’23 was always drawn to American movies—particularly courtroom dramas. “My dream of becoming a lawyer and a judge began from the American courtroom,” she...

  5. Champion for the Innocent

    • LAW '13

    Rachel Brady ’13 won’t let anything—even the Illinois Supreme Court—stop her from clearing the names of the wrongfully convicted and helping them rebuild their lives.

  6. A Lasting Legacy

    • LAW '17

    Militza Pagán ’17 took on the Trump administration to protect the rights of immigrants. Locally, she’s helping to enact rules that protect domestic and other low-wage workers.

  7. To Serve the Community

    • LAW '19

    From handicap ramps to gender-inclusive language, August Hieber ’19 is working to build a court system that is accessible to all.

  8. A Place to Be Herself

    • Law '23

    Jumana Abdelrahman's journey from first-generation law student to civil litigator.

  9. The Call to be a Defender

    • Public Interest Law 2023

    While working for a decade as a behavior analyst with students with developmental disabilities in Chicago, Nicole Jansma ’23 came to a discouraging conclusion. “One of the unfortunate realities in...

  10. The “Generalist” at DEI’s Forefront

    • Intellectual Property Law '08

    As the top city attorney in Evanston, Illinois, Nicholas Cummiongs '08 never thought the ordinance he helped draft would put him at the forefront of the national DEI debate.