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. Seeing Both Sides of Immigration Law

    • Immigration Law 2003

    When Catherine Paler-Amaya ’03 refers to herself as “a government person,” she’s speaking from experience. A lot more experience than most. Throughout her career she has worked for three federal...

  2. Environmental Law 2.0

    • Environmental and Energy Law 2017

    “You don’t want your career to ride on the coattails of something that was hot 20 years ago,” says environmental law attorney Caitlin Ajax ’17. She’s not just talking about...

  3. Environmental Law in the Fast Lane

    • Environmental and Energy Law 2005

    “What really motivated me to go into environmental law was having a child,” Yesenia Villaseñor (’05) says. Before applying to law school, Villaseñor was environmentally conscientious to a T: using...

  4. A Love for Labor Law

    • Labor and Employment Law 2022

    When Enrique Espinoza ’22 first enrolled at Chicago-Kent College of Law years ago, he was just hoping to get a job helping immigrants like himself. After working for decades in...

  5. Pro Bono at the Border

    • Environmental and Energy Law 2013

    Samantha Wolfe’s first trip to Dilley, Texas, was a tear-filled eye-opener. She traveled to the South Texas Family Residential Center, about 60 miles from the Mexican border, to hear more...

  6. Goliath Tamer

    • Environmental and Energy Law 1988

    Those who know Keith Harley '88 call him cerebral, stoic. He shies from the spotlight. During meetings and depositions, he maintains a poker face as he patiently inscribes notes. “I’ve...

  7. Meet Micah McClendon-Smith, Class of 2021

    • Criminal Litigation 2021

    Go to work for the state’s attorney’s office, or the public defender? On one hand, it was a simple choice of internships—a short-term stint. On the other, Micah McClendon saw...

  8. A Trailblazing Defender of Disability Rights

    • Public Interest Law 2021

    There was a time, between going to school and working three jobs, when Natasha Crespo had to take a hard look at her priorities. The first in her family to...

  9. Helping People Find Their Voices

    • Labor and Employment Law 2021

    For Roberto Martinez ’21, it was all about telling peoples’ stories. He excelled at interviews, getting clients to open up. “There’s so much need for understanding, and it goes beyond...

  10. The "Top Gun" Champion of Trial Advocacy

    • Criminal Litigation 2022

    Zoe Appler ’22 won the 2021 edition of the renowned Top Gun National Mock Trial Competition, which pits the best of the best trial advocates in the country against each...