Kendall; Virginia M.
Court: U.S. District Court
Division: Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division at Chicago
219 South Dearborn Street
Chicago IL 60604
Professional Experience: Kendall has been an adjunct professor at Loyola University
Chicago School of Law since 1993 and an adjunct professor at Northwestern
University School of Law since 2006.
Legal Experience: From 1995–06, Kendall served as a federal prosecutor
in the Office of the U.S. Attorney in Chicago. She was the Deputy
Chief of the Criminal Division, the Project Safe Neighborhoods Program
Coordinator and the Child Exploitation Coordinator. After graduating
from law school, she clerked for the Hon. George M. Marovich (1992-95).
Judicial Experience: Kendall filled a seat on the U.S. District Court
for the Northern District of Illinois effective January 2006. She
succeeded Judge Suzanne B. Conlon who took senior status in 2004.
Publications: Speaker, ''Internet Child Exploitation,'' Federal
Bar Association, 2004; speaker, ''Preserving the Record on Appeal,'' Chicago
Bar Association, 2006; speaker, ''Federal Firearms Laws,'' American
Bar Association, 2006; panelist, ''Post-Discovery Issues,'' Tips
of the Trade: A Federal Civil Practice Primer 2008, ISBA Law Ed seminar;
speaker, Litigation Skills 2: Pre-Trial, Trial, & the Jury, Law
Bulletin Seminar, 2009; speaker on the Kenyan legal system, CBA International
& Foreign Law Committee meeting, 2009; panelist, Chicago Chapter
of the Federal Bar Association monthly luncheon, 2010; speaker, Northern
Illinois University Law Review Symposium on Human Trafficking, 2011;
speaker, ''Perfecting Federal Civil Litigation,'' CBA Seminar,
2012; speaker, ''Raising Awareness: The Hidden Epidemic of Child
Trafficking in the United States,'' Loyola University Chicago
forum, 2012; moderator, ''Civility and Objections at Depositions,'' Chapman
and Cutler LLP/American Bar Association Litigation Section pretrial
practice and discovery subcommittee, 2012; speaker, ''Human Trafficking:
A Growing International and Domestic Criminal Enterprise,'' Loyola
University Chicago School of Law conference, 2013; speaker, ''The
Global Fight Against Human Trafficking,'' CBA Seminar, 2013;
panelist, ''Movies on Trial'' review of
A Civil Action,
Schopf & Weiss LLP; panelist, ''Human Trafficking: How We
Can Make A Difference,'' National Association of Women Judges
and the American Bar Association's Trafficking Task Force, 2013.
the Palm: An Argument for an Increased Focus on Public Corruption
in the Fight Against International Human Trafficking,'' 44 Cornell
Int'l L.J. 33 (2011); co-author (with T. Markus Funk), ''Child
Exploitation and Trafficking: Examining the Global Challenges and
U.S. Responses,'' Rowman & Littlefield Publishers Inc. (2012).
Awards: 1998, FBI Director's Letter of Recognition (for serving in
the first Internet kidnapping case in the nation); 2004, Chicago Crime
Commission Star of Distinction Award; 2005, St. Robert Bellarmine
Award, Loyola University Chicago; 2008, Visionary Award, Rape Victims
Advocates; 2010, Women and Gender Rights Leadership Award, DePaul
University College of Law.
Organizations: Chicago Bar Association; Illinois State Bar Association; Federal
Bar Association; Women's Bar Association.
Born: January 25, 1962
Law School: Loyola University
School of Law, 1992, J.D.
Undergraduate: Northwestern University, 1984, B.A., Major: English
Northwestern University, 1987, M.A.
Hobbies: bird-watching and taking photographs of birds
Admitted to Bar: 1993 IL