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Commission Members

Commision Members

Abner Mikva - Chair
Bernard Judge
Charles Scholz
Doris Lowry
Maribeth Vander Weele
Ricardo Estrada
Zaldwaynaka Scott

Theodore Chung - General Counsel to the Governor, Assistant to the Commission 

 

 

Abner Mikva

Newly Appointed Chair of the Admissions Review Commission

Experience:

  • Senior Director, Mandel Legal Aid Clinic, University of Chicago (2000-2008)
  • Professor, University of Chicago Law School (1996-1999)
  • White House Counsel, William J. Clinton Administration (1994-1995)
  • Judge , United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, Appointed by President Jimmy Carter (1979-1994)
    • Chief Judge, 1991-1994
  • U.S. House of Representatives, Illinois 10 th District (1974-1979)
  • U.S. House of Representatives, Illinois 2 nd District (1968-1973)
  • Illinois General Assembly (1956-1966)
    • Chair, House Judiciary Committee (1963-1966)
  • Partner, Goldberg, Devoe, Schadur & Mikva (1952-1969)
  • Clerk, Supreme Court Justice Sherman Minton (1951-1952)
  • Navigator, Army Air Corps, World War II (1944-1945)

Organization Membership and Recognition:

  • Founder and President, Mikva Challenge Organization (1997-present)
  • Board Member, American Constitution Society
  • Paul H. Douglas Ethics in Government Award, University of Illinois
  • Thurgood Marshall Award, American Bar Association
  • Alumni Medal, University of Chicago
  • Member, Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society

Education:

  • University of Chicago Law School , J.D. (1951)
    • Editor in Chief, University of Chicago Law Review

Personal Information:

  • DOB: 1/21/26
  • Hometown: Milwaukee , WI
  • Lives in Chicago with his wife Zoe. He has three daughters and seven grandchildren.

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Bernard Judge

Newly Appointed Member of the Admissions Review Commission

Experience:

  • Editor and Publisher, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin (1988 - 2007)
  • Editor and General Manager, City News Bureau of Chicago (1983 - 84)
  • Senior City Editor, Chicago Tribune (1974 - 1983)
  • Associate Editor, Chicago Sun Times (1984 - 1984)

Organization Membership and Recognition:

  • Chairman of the Board, Illinois First Amendment Center
  • Board Member, Catholic Charities of Chicago
  • Board Member, Constitutional Rights Foundation of Chicago
  • Former Board Member, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum Foundation
  • Member, Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame
  • Chicago Press Club Lifetime Achievement Award Winner
  • City Club of Chicago Journalism Award
  • Illinois Bar Foundation Distinguished Service Award

Education:

  • John Carroll University
  • Instructor, Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University In

Personal Information:

  • DOB: 1/6/40
  • Hometown: Chicago
  • Lives in Chicago with wife Kimbeth. He has three grown children.

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Charles W. Scholz

Newly Appointed Member of the Admissions Review Commission

Experience:

  • Private practice attorney; Board of Directors, Bank of Quincy (2005 - present)
  • Mayor, Quincy, Illinois (1993 - 2005)
  • Private practice attorney, Scholz, Loos, Palmer, Siebers and Duesterhaus
  • Downstate Political Director, United States Senator Paul Simon
  • Assistant Attorney General, Director of Western Illinois Regional Office, Illinois Attorney General's Office
  • Assistant State's Attorney, Quincy, Adams County

Organization Membership:

  • Member, Board of Directors, Quincy Area Salvation Army
  • Trustee, Culver Stockton College
  • Board Member, Illinois Issues Magazine
  • Member, Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation
  • Member, Advisory Board Foundation for Springfield Catholic Diocese
  • Board Member, Chaddock School
  • Trustee, Quincy Public Library
  • Board Member, Good Samaritan Home
  • Member, Taxpayer Action Board
  • Board Member, Looking for Lincoln
  • Board Member, Tri-State Economic Development Summit
  • Chairman, City of Quincy Lincoln Bicentennial Commission

Education:

  • Mercer University, Walter F. George School of Law, J.D. (1978)
  • Georgetown University, Bachelor's Degree (1975)

Personal Information:

  • DOB: November 8, 1953
  • Hometown: Quincy, IL
  • Married, father of two children

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Doris C. Lowry

Newly Appointed Member of the Admissions Review Board

Experience:

  • President, Aspen Pine Group, Inc.
  • Partner, The Foster Group
  • Executive Deputy Director, African American Leadership Partnership
  • Director, International Trade Bureau, Rainbow Push Coalition
  • District Manager, Minority Enterprise Growth Assistance (MEGA) Center, United States Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency

Organization Membership:

  • Durban, South Africa/Chicago Sister Cities Committee
  • Children's Place Association Board
  • Kohl's Children's Museum Board

Education:

  • McCormick Theological Seminary, Master's Degree in Theological Studies

Personal Information:

  • Currently lives in Chicago, IL

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Maribeth Vander Weele

Newly Appointed Member of the Admissions Review Commission

Experience:

  • President, Vander Weele Group, LLC, Corporate Investigations Firm (2003 - present)
  • President, Chadwick Associates (2002-2003)
  • Inspector General, Chicago Public Schools (1998 - 2002)
  • Chief of Investigations, Chicago Public Schools (1995-1998)
  • Investigative Reporter Chicago Sun Times (1990 - 1995)

Organization Membership and Recognition:

  • Founding President, Illinois Association of Inspectors General
  • Member, American Society for Industrial Security
  • Member, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
  • Member, Women's President's Organization
  • Member, Women Impacting Public Policy
  • Member, Illinois Chamber of Commerce

Education:

  • Wheaton College, B.A.

Personal Information:

  • Hometown: Chicago
  • Lives in Chicago

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Ricardo Estrada

Newly Appointed Member of the Admissions Review Commission

Experience:

  • Executive Director, Erie Neighborhood House (2003 - Present)
    • Associate Director (1997 - 2003)
  • President and Chief Executive Officer, Erie Elementary Charter School (2005 - Present)
  • Program Consultant, Orphanlink International (1997-1999)
  • Quality Assurance Consultant, Chicago Commons (1997)
  • Associate Executive Director, Latino Youth, Inc. (1996 - 1997)
    • Director of Child Welfare Services (1993 - 1996)
    • Interim Director of Education (1994 - 1995)

Organization Membership and Recognition:

  • Vice President, Board of Directors, Leadership Greater Chicago
  • Board Member, Donors Forum of Chicago
  • Board Member, Latino Policy Forum
  • Member, Chicago Council on Global Affairs Selection Committee, Emerging Leaders Program
  • Illinois Childcare Advisory Council, Executive Committee
  • American Marshall Memorial Fellow
  • Loyola University Chicago Latino Alumnus of the Year
  • City Club of Chicago John A. McDermott Award for Distinguished Social Leadership
  • Citibank Hispanic Heritage Award

Education:

  • University of Illinois at Chicago School of Business Administration: MBA, Finance & Marketing (1997)
  • University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration: A.M., Policy & Administration (1993)
  • Loyola University, Chicago: B.S., Psychology (1989); Certificate in Project Management, (2005)
  • Northwestern University: The Corporate Leadership Center and the Kellogg School of Management, CEO Perspective program (2009)

Personal Information:

  • DOB: 10/17/66
  • Hometown: Chicago
  • Lives in Chicago with wife Beatriz and two daughters, Sofia and Daniela.

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Zaldwaynaka -Z- Scott

Newly Appointed Member of the Admissions Review Commission

Experience:

  • Partner, Mayer Brown, LLC (present)
  • Executive Inspector General, Office of the Illinois Governor
  • Prosecutor, United States Attorney's Office in Chicago

Organization Membership:

  • Delta Sigma Theta, Inc., Chicago Alumnae Chapter
  • Jack and Jill of America, Chicago Chapter
  • Board Member, Chicago Area Project
  • Board Member, LifeSource Blood Center

Education:

  • Indiana University School of Law, J.D.
  • University of Champaign-Urbana, B.S. in Journalism

Personal Information:

  • Currently lives in Chicago with her husband and two children

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Ted Chung

General Counsel to Governor Pat Quinn

Experience:

  • General Counsel, Governor Pat Quinn (2009 to present)
  • Partner, Perkins Coie (2007 to 2009)
  • General Counsel, The Illinois Reform Commission (2009)
  • First Assistant Corporation Counsel, City of Chicago Department of Law (2005 to 2007)
  • Deputy Chief of Staff for Public Safety, Office of Mayor Richard M. Daley (2004 to 2005)
  • Deputy Chief of General Crimes Section, U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Illinois, Criminal Division (2002-2004)
  • Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Illinois, Criminal Division (1998-2004)
  • Sidley & Austin , Associate (1994 to 1998)
  • Adjunct Professor in Trial Advocacy, Northwestern University School of Law (2003 to present)

Education:

  • Northwestern University School of Law, J.D., Order of the Coif, cum laude, 1993
    • Editor in Chief, Northwestern University Law Review
  • Dartmouth College , A.B., English, cum laude, 1989
  • Admitted to the Illinois Bar

Recognition:

  • Outstanding Service Award, Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Commendation for Outstanding Prosecutive Support , U.S. Department of Transportation
  • Performance Award , U.S. Department of Justice
  • Group Honor Award for Excellence, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Award for Outstanding Efforts and Contribution, U.S. Customs Service
  • Excellence in Law Enforcement Award, Cook County Crime Stoppers

Personal Information:

  • Married with 2 children
  • Currently lives in Highland Park
  • Grew up outside Toledo , Ohio
  • Age: 42

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