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NIU Law Board of Visitors Elects New Executive Board

BOV Chair Hon. William Haddad (ret.), Matt Pfeiffer (’00), Kate McCabe (’01), and Interim Dean Mark Cordes.

BOV Chair Hon. William Haddad (ret.), Matt Pfeiffer (’00), Kate McCabe (’01), and Interim Dean Mark Cordes.

The NIU College of Law Board of Visitors elected a new Executive Board during its biannual meeting in April. Hon. William J. Haddad (ret.) was named chair, transitioning from his previous position as vice chair. Matt Pfeiffer (’00) was elected vice chair and Catherine G. McCabe (’01) was re-elected as secretary. Each member of the new leadership team is a respected member in the Chicago legal community as well as a local leader in their own right.

Judge Haddad was appointed a Cook County Circuit Court judge in 2003. Following his retirement from the bench in 2013, Judge Haddad joined ADR Systems of America as a senior mediator and he is “Of Counsel” to his former law firm, Schlack and McGinnity, LLC. Prior to his judicial appointment, Haddad was a partner with Haddad, Schlack & Associates. He began his legal career as an Assistant State's Attorney of Cook County. His extensive professional experiences include serving as founder and past president of the Arab-American Bar Association of Illinois and the Suburban Bar Coalition of Cook County, past president of the West Suburban Bar Association, founding chair of the Illinois Law Consortium for Palestinian Legal Education (USAID), past chair of the Legal Affairs Committee of Mayor Daley’s Advisory Council on Arab Affairs, and past chair of the Crime Prevention Awards Committee of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce.

Matt Pfeiffer has his own firm, Pfeiffer Law Offices, P.C. in Naperville, IL. He handles a broad range of civil litigation, arbitration, and mediation matters for individuals and small- to medium-size business entities in DuPage, Cook, Kane, Will, Lake, McHenry, and Kendall Counties as well as various transactional matters throughout these regions. Matt was recently elected third vice president of the DuPage County Bar Association and is in succession to lead the organization in June 2018. He is also a past chair of the DCBA Professional Responsibility Committee, Business Law Committee, and Law Practice Management Committee. He is an active member of the Illinois State Bar Association and has served on ISBA's Civil Practice and Procedure Section Council, Business and Securities Law Section Council, and ISBA Assembly. In addition, he is a past President of the NIU Law Alumni Council.

Kate McCabe is a judicial law clerk for Justice Mary O'Brien in the Illinois Appellate Court, Third District. She is also a member of the NIU Law Alumni Council, having served previously as Council president. She has continually helped to organize the College of Law's signature alumni events and serves as an invaluable source of support for NIU Law. She is an extremely active mentor to NIU Law students and recent graduates and was named the 2013 Mentor of the Year by the NIU Law Alumni Council.

The Board of Visitors is extremely grateful to outgoing chair Louis G. Apostol (’78). During his term, Lou was vital in assisting the College of Law in the critical areas of Fundraising, Career Development, and Outreach and served as an invaluable source of experience and knowledge. His contributions to the Board leadership have been vital to the success of NIU Law, and the College of Law is fortunate that he will remain an active member on the Board.

Interim Dean Mark Cordes thanks outgoing Chair Lou Apostol (’78) for his leadership.

Interim Dean Mark Cordes thanks outgoing chair Lou Apostol (’78) for his leadership.


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