Class of 2003
Partner at Hassakis & Hassakis, P.C. in Mt. Vernon, IL
“My SIU professors were very approachable and did not just teach a class; they taught me how to improve on the skills necessary to become a lawyer. They gave me feedback on exams, suggestions for improvement, and eventually letters of recommendation to help me land a Court of Appeals judicial clerkship. As a personal injury lawyer in Southern Illinois, I apply those lessons on a daily basis. It was an honor to accompanied by Dean Fountaine when I was sworn into the United States Supreme Court.”
Brandy L. Johnson
Class of 2003
Attorney at Feirich/Mager/Green/Ryan
"At SIU School of Law, I found a sense of community while receiving a quality education that prepared me for the Bar, permitted me to be competitive against graduates from the Washington University and St. Louis University Schools of Law, and provided me with the foundation for a successful legal career."
Peter E. Borkon
Class of 1996
Partner at Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro
"SIU provided me with a top notch legal education and the practical ability to promote my success"
Class of 2012
Associate at Kurowski Shultz LLC in O'Fallon, IL
"The practical training I received at SIU, along with my experience in SIU’s highly regarded moot court teams, placed me in a position of confidence upon graduation that remains today."
Ms. Black was selected to participate as the first foreign lawyer in the associate foreign lawyer exchange program that Kurowski Shultz LLC is co-sponsoring with the Scognamiglio International Law Firm in Naples, Italy.
Class of 1995
Director and Chief Counsel for the Police Benevolent & Protective Association of Illinois (“PB&PA”) and the Police Benevolent Labor Committee (“PBLC”)
Mr. Smoot is a highly regarded expert in police and public safety policy. He is a Member of the Executive Session on Policing and Public Safety at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
In December, 2014, he was one of eleven members appointed by the President of the United States to the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing.
Class of 2003
Dhar Law, LLP
"We expected to contribute a substantial portion of our practices to 'community lawyering' – working directly with local, national and international groups to provide expert legal assistance to various non-profit initiatives and in performing varied pro bono work. This concept was fueled by my time at SIU, and the law school's tradition of being 'established in the public interest, serving the public good.'"
Class of 2008
Attorney-Advisor, Division of Land and Water Resources, Office of the Solicitor, U.S. Department of the Interior
"SIU's biggest asset is its small size and personal attention. I highly doubt I would have stayed with a program at a larger school. I really felt like the faculty at SIU cared about my success. SIU not only gave me a great education with practical application, but I also found my best friends, which I think, is also partially a result of the school's size."
Class of 2013
Assistant State’s Attorney in Cook County, Illinois
"What I enjoyed most about my experience at SIU is that faculty, staff, and fellow students all seek to help each other any way possible. The professors are very approachable and are always in their offices and happy to help if you need assistance with a lesson, or if you just need someone to talk to about life and the stress of law school."
Class of 1993
United States District Judge for the Southern District of Illinois
“The best advice I ever received was to go to SIU School of Law. I knew I wanted to remain in the area, and it was a great education at a great price.”
Class of 1992
Private Practice with emphasis on bankruptcy; owner and managing attorney for Bankruptcy Clinic, PC
"Your reputation is your stock and trade. Focus on building it and making it better. A Good reputation takes hard work and years to build, but can be lost very quickly."
Class of 2002
Risk Manager/Patient Compliance Officer/Patient Safety Officer at Fort Madison Community Hospital, Fort Madison, Iowa
Faculty, University of Phoenix
"There is a sharp learning curve after you graduate, if you think you can just work Monday through Friday 9 to 5, you will be sadly mistaken. But, I wouldn’t change anything because I love it. What other career has this much variety?"
Class of 1984
Civil personal injury litigation concentrating on traumatic brain injury cases.
"My son had a traumatic brain injury a while ago, which changed my work and life focus. My work now gives me the flexibility to enjoy an active lifestyle here in Colorado. I am able to train for and participate in triathlons, marathons, and trail races. It also makes my day to be able to work with my daughter every day."
Class of 2004
Deputy Legal Counsel, Office of the Senate President and Legal Counsel to the Senate Executive Committee and the Committee on Executive Appointments
"I believe that my work ethic and the ability to communicate a problem and possible solutions have helped me succeed. I am also a strong believer in working with others toward a common goal. For example, my Caucus has a large supermajority but I do not try to merely rely on that to fix problems, I work with the other side and House to find consensus where we can."
Class of 1982
Attorney and Shareholder at Sandberg, Phoenix & von Gontard
After almost 20 years practicing law from our St. Louis office, I opened our firm’s first Illinois office in Carbondale in '03. My practice has evolved into representing smaller hospitals and physician practices in more rural communities. I really enjoy representing these physicians, nurses and other health care workers who are willing to come to southern IL or, in some cases, come back to this area to provide critical frontline and basic health care in a rural community where access to that care is often threatened by shortages of health care providers.