Office of Diversity Affairs
Shannon M. Cobe (JD '80)
In 2006, Shannon M. Cobe (JD '80) was named president of the Illinois Native American Bar Association, a small group of lawyers who work on legal and social issues affecting Native-Americans around the state. Cobe earned a bachelor's degree in accounting and management from DePaul University. She later enrolled at The John Marshall Law School under a federal plan to encourage more Native Americans to attend law school. At the time, in the mid-1970s, there were fewer than 40 Native American attorneys in the United States. Cobe has practiced family law since 1980, and has done a great deal of pro bono work through Chicago Volunteer Legal Services, twice receiving the group's Distinguished Service Award.
William Bates Jr. (JD '89)
William Bates Jr. (JD '89) is the executive vice president and general counsel at Seaway National Bank in Chicago - one of the largest, privately-held, Black-owned banks in the country. Bates earned a BS in political science from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and an MBA from the University of Chicago. While attending John Marshall, he toiled through 16-hour days of both work and study, at the same time taking care of his family. He attributes his success and dedication to his mother, who passed away when he was nine years old, and his father, who always stressed the importance of education. Bates says being a lawyer is part of a lifelong dream.
Matthew W. Beaudet (JD'89)
Matthew W. Beaudet (JD'89) is a senior official with the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority. Beaudet was one of the architects of the City of Chicago's Department of Administrative Hearings, the nation's largest ordinance and regulatory administrative tribunal, where he served as the assistant director and the assistant chief administrative law judge from 1997 to 2003. He also has practiced in the private and international sectors. Beaudet is a past chair of the Chicago Bar Association's Administrative Law Judges Committee and a co-founder and past president of the Illinois Native American Bar Association. He also served as general counsel to the Montaukett Tribe of Long Island, New York, and as a member of the faculty at the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada.
The Honorable Timothy C. Evans (JD '69)
The Honorable Timothy C. Evans (JD '69) is the first African-American chief judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County. He was elevated to the position after serving as head of the Law Division for the Cook County Domestic Relations Division. Before serving on the bench, Evans was a Chicago alderman for many years while maintaining his legal practice. Evans has received numerous awards for his professional accomplishments and service to the legal community, including, the Glenn T. Johnson Chapter of the Black Law Students Association Legacy of Opportunity Award, and the C.F. Stradford Award. Evans also is a recipient of John Marshall's Alumni Association Distinguished Service Award and is a member of the law school's Board of Trustees.
The Honorable Arnette Hubbard (JD '69)
The Honorable Arnette Hubbard (JD '69) has a long and distinguished tenure in law and public service. As attorney, public official, and elected state court judge, Hubbard repeatedly demonstrated her commitment to the American way of life and her sensitivity to the people who serve and protect. Hubbard has been a trailblazer in the field of law, serving as the first woman president of the National Bar Association, and the first woman president of the Cook County Bar Association. Before taking the bench, Hubbard served for nine years as a member of the Illinois Bar Admission Committee. As the only female commissioner of the Chicago Board of Elections, Hubbard expanded participation in the workplace and in the voting processes and procedures. She also instigated the creation of "Desert FAX" which extended voting opportunities to military service persons during armed conflict.
P. Faye Kuo (JD '05)
P. Faye Kuo (JD '05) currently works as an attorney with Advocacy, Inc., a Texas-based protection and advocacy agency that provides legal services for people with disabilities. Her role, as the Deaf Rights attorney, within Advocacy, Inc. is the first of its kind for any protection and advocacy organization in the country. As a deaf person, she is one of about 120 known deaf attorneys in the United States and only one of two known deaf attorneys in Texas. Her latest projects include improving communication access in the Texas jail and prison system for deaf and hard of hearing inmates and setting up a communication access fund that help private attorneys meet their access obligations to deaf and hard of hearing clients as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The Honorable Blanche M. Manning (JD'67)
The Honorable Blanche M. Manning (JD'67) discovered her passion while working as a legal secretary to finance a bachelor's degree in education at DePaul University. She taught in Chicago public schools before pursuing a JD at The John Marshall Law School. In 1968, Manning began an exemplary legal career as assistant prosecutor in the Cook County State's Attorney's Office. She subsequently worked as an attorney for the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, United Airlines and the United States Attorney's Office. Manning was promoted to judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County in 1979. When she was elected to the Illinois Appellate Court in 1987, she became the first African-American female member of that court. After accepting an appointment by President Bill Clinton in 1994, Manning began a lifetime position as district court jurist for the Northern District of Illinois.
Adrian Mendoza (JD'94)
Adrian Mendoza (JD'94) was admitted to practice law in the State of Illinois in 1994 and the State of Indiana in 1997. He also is admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, the United States District Court for the Northern District and the Southern District of Indiana, and the United States District Court for the District of Colorado. His practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, employment practices litigation and tort litigation. A partner of the firm Lillig & Thorsness Ltd., Mendoza is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, the Defense Research Institute, and the Illinois Association of Defense Counsel. He also is a member of the Board of Directors of The John Marshall Law School Alumni Association.
The Honorable Edmund Ponce de Leon (JD '84)
In 2002, The Honorable Edmund Ponce de Leon (JD '84) was appointed presiding judge of the Fourth Municipal District in Maywood, becoming the first Hispanic ever appointed to preside in the history of the Circuit Court of Cook County. A former police officer, after graduation, Ponce de Leon specialized in commercial litigation and bankruptcy law. He was first elected to the Circuit Court bench in 1996. He gives generously of his time and talents to numerous worthwhile community initiatives, including the ASPIRA Mentoring Program for Teenagers and Adults, the Roberto Clemente High School Youth Motivation Program, substance abuse and domestic violence programs, and he has been recognized by the Illinois State Senate for his volunteer work with the Citizen Workshop Project.
Joyce E. Tucker (JD '78)
Joyce E. Tucker (JD '78) is the vice president of Global Diversity and Employee Rights for The Boeing Company. She is a nationally-recognized expert with more than 28 years of experience in equal employment opportunity (EEO) and affirmative action in both the public and private sectors. Prior to joining The Boeing Company, Tucker was president of Tucker Spearman & Associates, a consulting company that specializes in EEO and diversity management, where her clients included Fortune 500 companies. She was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve on the White House Initiative Advisory Board for Historically Black Colleges and Universities. She also serves on the board of directors for the National Conference for Community and Justice Chicago & Northern Illinois Region and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boys and Girls Club of Chicago.