Class of '09 Notes

Angel Wawrzynek 

   (10/2/2014)

Angel Wawrzynek ('09) was recognized by the National Trial Lawyers Association in the association’s annual Top 100 list. She is an attorney at Tapella & Eberspacher in Illinois and Missouri.

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Travis Eliason 

   (4/3/2014)

Travis Eliason ('09) is now an associate at Quarles & Brady LLP in Chicago.

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Tristan Bullington 

   (10/17/2013)

Tristan joined the law firm of Allison & Mosby-Scott as an associate.

Angel (Dietz) Wawrzynek 

   (6/18/2013)

Angel (Dietz) Wawrzynek ('09) received the Young Lawyer of the Year Award from the Illinois State Bar Association on June 21, 2013. Wawrzynek is an associate attorney at Tapella & Eberspacher LLC in Mattoon, Illinois.

Angel (Dietz) Wawrzynek 

   (6/5/2013)

Angel (Dietz) Wawrzynek ('09) has been elected to the board of governors of the Illinois State Bar Association. Wawrzynek is an associate at Tapella & Eberspacher LLC, in Mattoon.

Rachael Cunningham 

   (5/10/2013)

Rachael Cunningham (JD '09) has been appointed to the Mattoon Area Community Foundation Advisory Board. She is an attorney with Brainard Law Office in Charleston, Illinois.

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Katie Chamberlain 

   (4/18/2013)

Katie Chamberlain has joined the Office of the Illinois Attorney General as a Special Assistant Attorney General in the Revenue Litigation Bureau, Chicago.

Travis Elliason 

   (4/5/2013)

Travis Elliason (JD '09) is now an associate in the Creditor's Rights and Bankruptcy and Litigation practices at Krieg DeVault LLP in Chicago.

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Jonathan Bobell 

   (2/21/2013)

Jonathan Bobell (JD '09) joined Livingston Barger Law Firm in Bloomington, Illinois as an associate.

Tegan Lordahl 

   (1/28/2012)

Tegan Lordahl (Machnich) (Class of 2009) left corporate litigation to become a public defender with the Clark County Public Defender in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Tegan Machnich 

   (1/28/2012)

Tegan Machnich (Class of 2009) and Var Lordahl (Class of 2009), both currently lawyers in the Las Vegas, Nevada area, were recently married in a Chicago wedding ceremony.

Var Lordahl 

   (1/28/2012)

Var Lordahl (Class of 2009) has joined the Las Vegas office of Lionel, Sawyer & Collins as a tax and estate planning associate.

Inya Baiye 

   (12/28/2011)

Inya Baiye is now the Assistant Director for Civil Rights Compliance at Ohio University.

Katherine (Katie) Chamberlain 

   (10/24/2011)

Katherine (Katie) Chamberlain, ’09, established The Law Office of Katherine Chamberlain, P.C. in Princeton, Illinois, focusing her practice on estate planning, guardianships, family law, and real estate.

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Peter Bartoszek 

   (8/8/2011)

Peter Bartoszek, JD '09, is now an associate at the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis.

Marc A. Katz 

   (6/27/2011)

Marc A. Katz, JD '09, has been hired as Corporate Counsel - International at CareerBuilder.com.

Katie Chamberlain 

   (5/9/2011)

Katie Chamberlain, JD '09, wrote an article entitled “Lawfully Made Under This Title: The Implications of Costco v. Omega and the First Sale Doctrine on Library Lending", which will be published in the July 2011 issue of the Journal of Academic Librarianship.

Svetlana (Sandy) Zavin 

   (4/19/2011)

Sandy Zavin, JD '09, has joined Pedersen & Houpt as an Associate and is part of the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice. Ms. Zavin focuses her practice on a broad range of commercial litigation matters.

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Sandy Zavin 

   (2/15/2011)

Sandy Zavin, JD '09, and Joshua Chupack, JD '09, were married on February 12, 2011.

Angel (Dietz) Wawrzynek 

   (2/15/2011)

Angel (Dietz) Wawrzynek, JD '09, was married to Brett Wawrzynek on August 7, 2010.

Joshua Chupack 

   (2/15/2010)

Joshua Chupack has joined the Pedersen & Houpt corporate and business counseling practice group as an Associate.

Ellen Samuel 

   (2/4/2010)

Prairie State Legal Services, a non-profit law firm that provides free civil legal services to low-income persons and seniors, is pleased to announce that Ellen Samuel has joined the Rockford Law Office as a Staff Attorney. Ellen joins the Rockford Law Office of Prairie State as a Staff Attorney. She received her J.D. from the University of Illinois and attended the University of Iowa where she received her B.A. in Psychology and Spanish. Ellen was a participant in the University of Illinois Public Interest Law Fellows Program; a College of Law initiative to create opportunities for recent graduates to work for one year on behalf of the indigent and underserved. After the fellowship had ended, she applied for an open staff attorney position and was chosen. As a staff attorney, Ellen focuses on Housing Law in Boone, Carroll, Jo Daviess, Ogle, Stephenson, & Winnebago Counties and was admitted to the Illinois bar in 2009.

Tristan Bullington 

   (2/4/2010)

Prairie State Legal Services, a non-profit law firm that provides free civil legal services to low-income persons and seniors, is pleased to announce that Tristan Bullington has joined the Bloomington Law Office as a Staff Attorney. Tristan started at Prairie State in August of 2009 through a fellowship program with the University of Illinois. The fellowship is a College of Law initiative to create opportunities for recent graduates to work for one year on behalf of the indigent and underserved. He received a B.A. in Philosophy from Washington State University in 2006 and his J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law in 2009. Tristan now works as a staff attorney in the Bloomington Office and focuses mostly on housing law. He also handles the Lawyer Intake Courtroom Project where he sets up at the courthouse for the eviction docket call. Prior to Prairie State, Tristan interned at the Washington Appellate Project in 2007 and for the Snohomish County Public Defender Association in 2008. He is admitted to the Washington State bar and will receive his 717 license for Illinois in 2010.

Eric Sirota 

   (2/4/2010)

Prairie State Legal Services, a non-profit law firm that provides free civil legal services to low-income persons and seniors, is pleased to announce that Eric Sirota has joined the Carol Stream Law Office as a Staff Attorney. Eric joined Prairie State after receiving his J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law. Eric began working in Prairie State's Waukegan Office as a University of Illinois Fellow, a College of Law initiative to create opportunities for recent graduates to work for one year on behalf of the indigent and underserved. He now works in Carol Stream as a staff attorney and focuses on social security cases and manages a foreclosure grant. Eric has also been an active participant in the process of formulating the Illinois Utility Percentage of Income Payment Plan. Eric gained admission to the Illinois bar in 2009 and graduated from Brandei University in 2004 with a B.A.S. in History. Prairie State Legal Services is a not-for-profit law firm serving 36 counties in northern and central Illinois. Their mission is "to provide or coordinate the delivery of high quality legal services to low-income individuals, families and groups." For more information or to find your local office, visit www.pslegal.org.

Rachael Puente 

   (11/16/2009)

In November 2009, Rachael Puente, J.D. '09, joined the firm of Withered, Burns & Persin LLP, in Lafayette, IN, as an associate.

Larry Dietrick 

   (11/9/2009)

Laurence (“Larry”) Dietrick '09 recently joined Marshall, Gerstein, and Borun, an intellectual property law firm, as one of three new associates.  Larry joins the patent prosecution practice area in the electrical engineering field.  http://www.marshallip.com/professionals-154.html

Angel Dietz 

   (8/18/2009)

Angel Dietz '09 has accepted an Associate position with Hefner, Eberspacher, Tapella in Charleston, IL.