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Alyana J. Abellar is an Assistant State’s Attorney for the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office in St. Charles. She is a member of the DuPage County Bar Association and the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois. She was recognized as a Rising Star Lawyer in Family Law for 2022. Ms. Abellar received her J.D. magna cum laude from the Michigan State University College of Law, where she received Jurisprudence Achievement Awards for Torts, Immigration Law, Trusts and Estates, and Sales and Leases.
Bruce A. Boyer is a Curt and Linda Rodin Professor of Law and Social Justice and Director of Civitas ChildLaw Center. He is a former member of the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism, a former Chair of the ABA Steering Committee on the Unmet Legal Needs of Children, and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. Mr. Boyer received his B.A. from Dartmouth College and his J.D. from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law.
Stephen M. Dore is reginal counsel for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services in Chicago. He is a member of the Chicago Bar Association. Mr. Dore received his B.A. from the University of Illinois and his J.D. from The John Marshall Law School.
Kathryn Huber Kenyon is a domestic violence staff attorney with Legal Aid Chicago (formerly LAF) in Chicago. She received her B.S.W. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, her M.S.W. from Loyola University Chicago School of Social Work, and her J.D. from Loyola University School of Law.
Rachel M. Koch is an assistant public defender at the Office of the Cook County Public Defender, where she concentrates in child protection. Ms. Koch is also an adjunct professor at DePaul University College of Law, where she teaches education law and policy and criminal evidence. She received her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, her M.A.T. from the University of Chicago, and her J.D. from DePaul University College of Law.
Elizabeth E. Nohren is a Managing Partner at Dove & Dove, Attorneys at Law, in Shelbyville, where she concentrates her practice on family law. Ms. Nohren has been named a Leading Lawyer and an Emerging Lawyer and is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois. She received her B.A. from Illinois Wesleyan University and her J.D. from Southern Illinois University of Law.
Nrupa A. Patel is a Partner at Bolen Robinson & Ellis, LLP, in Decatur, and focuses her practice on family law, criminal defense, DCFS appeal, expungements/sealings, and orders of protection. Ms. Patel is a 2019 recipient of the Russel D. Hoerbert Pro Bono Award from the Decatur Bar Association and also a member of the Illinois State Bar Association. She graduated cum laude from Northern Illinois University College of Law and magna cum laude from Bradley University.
Anita Weinberg is a Curt and Linda Rodin Clinical Professor of Law and Social Justice and Director of the ChildLaw Policy Institute. Ms. Weinberg was a principal drafter of the permanency and best-interests provisions of the Illinois Juvenile Court Act. She is a member of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services Advisory Council to the Director. She is the 2014 recipient of the St. Ignatius Loyola Award for Excellence on Teaching with a commitment to raising global awareness, promoting social justice, and educating the whole student. Ms. Weinberg received her B.A. from the University of Michigan, her M.S.S.W. from Columbia University, and her J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.
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