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Distinguished Service Award

The Alumni Council of the Northern Illinois University College of Law Alumni Association annually bestows its Distinguished Service Award to graduates of the Northern Illinois University College of Law who have made outstanding achievements in their careers and for their devotion to the public good.  This award began in 1996.

Criteria for Nomination

Living graduates or individuals outside of the Northern Illinois University College of Law who have been out of school for over ten years; demonstrated service to the NIU College of Law; demonstrated service to their community or profession; possess outstanding professional accomplishments; and who consistently demonstrate professional integrity.

Previous Distinguished Service Award winners:

2016 – Gabriel M. Rodriguez ’84

2015 – Keith Grant '87

2014 – Abel L. Smith III '89

2013 – Hon. Joseph G. McGraw '85 
           Alice Johnson '02

2012 – Hon. Carmen Goodman '95

2011 – Hon. Ronald G. Matekaitis '85

2010 – Hon. Mary Beth Bonaventura ‘81

2009 – Hon. Charles Weech ’88

2009 – Leonardo Castro ’92

2008 – Hon. Janet R. Holmgren ‘85

2007 – Diana K. Kakoma ‘00

2007 – Marilyn Frank-Stromborg ‘94

2006 – Ryan J. Dowd ‘03

2005 – Hon. Cynthia Raccuglia ‘81

2003 – Jenifer Johnson ‘94

2003 – Nick Valadez ‘89

2001 – Representative David Wirsing

2001 – Teresa L. Berge

2001 – Mary Obrzut ‘92

2000 – Howard B. Brookins, Jr. '88

1999 – Patricia Reid Lindner '81

1999 – Barbara Giorgi-Vella '92

1999 – Robert W. Fioretti '78

1998 – Victoria A. Rosetti '79

1998 – Louis G. Apostol '78

1998 – Mary L. Milano '78

1997 – Regina Mills Harris '89

1996 – Robin A. Minnis '84

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