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Kwame Raoul Selected as an IIT Chicago-Kent 125 Alumni of Distinction

CHICAGO, ILL. — The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP today announced that Illinois State Senator Kwame Y. Raoul, a partner in the firm’s Chicago office, was selected as one of Chicago-Kent’s 125 Alumni of Distinction.

IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law is celebrating 125 years of trailblazing, innovative and successful alumni who have helped shape the legal profession, given back to their communities and to the law school, and who helped raise the profile of Chicago-Kent on a global level. After almost a year-long process that garnered more than 400 nominations, a committee of alumni, faculty, staff and students narrowed the list to 125 honorees. These “Alumni of Distinction” represent a cross-section of the community that is as diverse and multifaceted as the law school itself.

Raoul is a member of the firm’s Labor & Employment Group. He has extensive experience in higher education, labor & employment and litigation law. He has also represented local governmental entities in finance and other matters. Raoul has represented the 13th district since 2004, when he was appointed to fill the vacancy of then-U.S. Senator Barack Obama and since then has successfully sponsored legislation advancing pension reform, abolishing the death penalty, protecting voter rights and expanding background check requirements to purchase guns. He currently serves as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and Senate Special Committee on Public Pension and State Investments, as vice-chairman of the Senate Criminal Law Committee and on the Insurance, Public Health and Labor & Commerce Committees.

Raoul earned his law degree from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law and his undergraduate degree from DePaul University.

To view the full list of alumni click here.

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