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Jack Coladarci is a Partner with Coladarci and Coladarci in Chicago, where he concentrates in family law, post-conviction relief from the civil effects of criminal judgments, and disciplinary and licensing proceedings before the United States Equestrian Foundation. He received his B.A. from Kenyon College and his J.D. from Washington University in St. Louis School of Law.
Christie Thomas Fischer is a Principal with the Law Offices of Fischer and Associates in Zion, where she concentrates in rehabilitative justice. Ms. Fischer is a trained mediator, received her Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) certification, and is a guardian ad litem in Lake County. She received the Justinian Award for Service from the Lake County Coalition to Reduce Recidivism, the Service Award from the Illinois House of Representatives, and a Certificate of Merit from the Rock Island County NAACP. She is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, the Lake County NAACP, and the Englewood Institute for Civil Rights and Studies. Ms. Fischer received her B.A. magna cum laude from Barat College of the Sacred Heart and her J.D. from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law.
Beth A. Johnson is a Partner at the Rights and Restoration Law Group, LLC in Chicago, where she focuses on criminal records. She is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association. She received the Esther R. Rothstein Award from the Lawyers Trust Fund of Illinois in 2018 and was selected as the Chicago Community Trust Emerging Leader Fellow in 2014. Ms. Johnson received her B.S. in Political Science from the University of Iowa and her J.D. from DePaul University College of Law.
Marjie M. Nielsen is the Managing Attorney at Next Step Legal Services in Chicago, where she focuses on criminal records relief and family law. She is a member of the Chicago Bar Association and has been a presenter at the IICLE® Criminal Law Short Course. She received the Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) Intern Alumni Award in 2013. Ms. Nielsen received her B.A. in English and Political Science from Northwestern University and her J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law.
Ken Stalkfleet is a staff attorney for the Chicago Legal Clinic, Inc., where he focuses on criminal records and family law. He received his B.A. from the University of Illinois and his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.
Michael Sweig is a criminal justice reform lobbyist, teacher, speaker, and the founder of the nonprofit Citizens’ Institute for Law and Public Policy. He is a coauthor of the amicus brief on behalf of the Citizens’ Institute for Law and Public Policy, In re Application of Joseph V. Libretti, Jr., which was decided October 22, 2015; an author and principal lobbyist of P.A. 98-1114, the Incentivized Education and Family Support for Community Corrections Amendments, signed into law August 26, 2014; and coauthor of “Moving the Box” by Executive Order in Illinois, a law review article published by DePaul Journal for Social Justice in 2010. Mr. Sweig was a finalist for the 2013 and 2014 International Redemption and Justice Award, and in September 2010 was appointed by Illinois Senate President John Cullerton to the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority Task Force on Inventorying Employment Restrictions. He is a member of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business, International Law Section, and a Reviewer for American Business Law Journal. Mr. Sweig received his B.A. from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and his J.D. from De Paul University College of Law.
Kenneth D. Tupy was the Chief of the Felony Division in Sangamon County for seven years. He became legal counsel for the Republican House of Representatives in Criminal Law and was the attorney for the House Judiciary Committee, Prison Reform Committee and the Juvenile Court Act. He became Chief Legal Counsel for the Prisoner Review Board until 2016 when he was appointed as a member of the Prisoner Review Board.
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