Past Recipients

Shalyn Caulley
University of Illinois College of Law
Class of 2017

Shalyn graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Illinois College of Law in June 2017. That summer, she completed a Public Interest Law Fellowship at the American Civil Liberties Union. After that, she clerked for Judge Joseph R. Goodwin in the Southern District of West Virginia for one year. She started as an associate at Sidley Austin, LLP in September and is in the products liability and mass tort litigation group, primarily defending corporations in class action litigation.

Melanie Davis
Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology
Class of 2009

Melanie is currently an assistant district attorney at the Fulton County (Ga.) District Attorney’s Office and the secretary of the Gate City Bar Association. She has performed in the Atlanta Bar Association's "Law Jam" at the Variety Playhouse (a national concert venue) and her band "Melanie and the Felonies" received high marks from celebrity judge Phaedra Parks of the 'Real Housewives of Atlanta.'

Brandon Helms
DePaul University College of Law
Class of 2007

Brandon spent four years at an Intellectual Property boutique in Chicago before moving to the Chicago office of Steptoe & Johnson LLP, where he focuses on patent litigation. Most of his cases have involved pharmaceutical products, but recently he has moved into other technology fields such as liquid crystal display devices. He is experienced in all stages of litigation, including taking and defending depositions; arguing motions and hearings; and drafting trial, post-trial, and appellate briefs.

Keithan Hedrick
University of Illinois College of Law
Class of 2015

Keithan is an Associate currently at McGuireWoods, but will be with Perkins Coie as of December 17th. He practices mergers & acquisitions law and has a 4-year-old son. HIs wife is a first year law student at Chicago-Kent law school.

Jordan Huttenlocker
The John Marshall Law School
Class of 2011

After graduating magna cum laude (and passing the Illinois and Indiana bars), Jordan began her legal career with a medical malpractice firm. Her experience during that first year led to her current job at Dykema Gossett, where she focuses her practice on medical negligence defense work. While Dykema may be considered a large firm, it has provided her with priceless opportunities such as daily court appearances, motion practice, deposition attendance, and expert witness contact to name a few. She is thrilled to finally join the prestigious legal profession.

William Patrick McKinley
Marquette University Law School
Class of 2011

A shareholder and business attorney with the Menn Law Firm, Ltd., in Appleton, William represents businesses of all different sorts, but specifically works with dental practices and medical specialty groups across the state, dealing with all of their various legal needs.

Kathy Pomeroy
Northwestern University School of Law
Class of 2011

After graduating from law school, Kathy practiced in Boston followed by clerkships on the District of Connecticut and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. She is currently a senior associate at the Washington, D.C. office of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr LLP, with a focus on financial regulatory law and government investigations. In early 2018 she celebrated the birth of her daughter and enjoys spending time with her family and English bulldog.

Amber Porter
University of Illinois College of Law
Class of 2014

Amber is currently working for the Chicago Board of Education’s Office of the Inspector General. She is also a part-time JAG officer in the United States Army Reserve.