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CAITLYN R. CULBERTSON is an attorney with Klein, Thorpe & Jenkins, Ltd., where she practices school law, library law, and municipal law. Ms. Culbertson is admitted to practice in Illinois and before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. She is a member of the Chicago Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, and the National Council of School Attorneys. Ms. Culbertson earned her B.A. degree from Davidson College and J.D. degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law.
JESSICA L. KALAL is an attorney with Mickey, Wilson, Weiler, Renzi & Andersson, P.C. where she focuses her practice in the areas of school law, municipal law, and civil litigation. Ms. Kalal is a member of the National Council of School Attorneys, Illinois Council of School Attorneys, and the Kane Bar Association and the Illinois State Bar Association. She earned her B.A. degree, with honors, from Elmhurst College and J.D. degree from the John Marshall Law School.
JENNIFER L. HANSEN is a partner with the law firm of Hansen & Cleary, LLC. She focuses her practice in the areas of special education law, school residency, school discipline matters, mental health law, probate and guardianship matters, criminal and civil litigation for juveniles and adults, confidentiality issues, bullying investigations, post-secondary education matters, DCFS and child welfare matters, school employment issues, and domestic relations (as a guardian ad litem, child’s representative, and/or attorney for the child only). Ms. Hansen also represents select public and private schools in Illinois. She also provides consultative services to schools and institutions in the areas of bullying investigations, employment investigations, and legislative support. Ms. Hansen is a member of the ISBA Disability Law Committee, the ISBA Mental Health Law Committee, the Illinois State Bar Association, the Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Association of Women Attorneys of Lake County, and the Lake County Bar Association. She earned her B.A. degree from Carthage College, Kenosha, Wisconsin; her J.D. degree from University of Wyoming College of Law; and her LL.M. degree from Universiteit Maastricht, Maastricht, the Netherlands.
RUTH KRAUS PH.D. is a sole practitioner with Ruth Kraus Ph.D. where she is a licensed clinical psychologist. Dr. Kraus is a frequent lecturer and has been published in the Cambridge University Press. Dr. Kraus received the award for best review paper in AERA publication, for “Culture and Mathematics Learning” from the American Educational Research Association. She earned her B.A. degree, magna cum laude; from the University of Virginia Charlottesville, Virginia; her Ph.D. degree in educational and developmental psychology from the University of Chicago in Chicago Illinois; and did her post-doctoral fellowship in developmental neuropsychology at the Department of Psychiatric, University of Chicago and Pediatric Psychology Clinic, Wyler Children’s Hospital. May 24 - Rockford
MALLORY A. MILLUZZI is an attorney with Klein, Thorpe, and Jenkins, Ltd., where she counsels school districts and municipalities. Ms. Milluzzi counsels public bodies on the Freedom of Information Act, Open Meetings Act, social medial issues, zoning, PSEBA, and general municipal and school law issues. She has provided statutory required school board member training to districts across the state and regularly provides training to clients on FOIA, OMA and social media policies. Ms. Milluzzi received a Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution certification from Chicago-Kent. She frequently presents on FOIA, OMA, ethics, zoning and social media issues. Ms. Milluzzi earned a B.A. degree from Ohio University and J.D. degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law.
FRANCINE EGGLESTON is the director of special services at Kaneland School District #302 in Illinois, overseeing the department’s responsibilities of identifying and evaluating students with one or more of 13 categories of disability, special education instructional services, transition planning, case study reevaluations, homebound instructional services, Section 504 compliance, and much more. Prior to her current position, she was a principal and special education teacher. Ms. Eggleston earned her B.A. in education from Carthage College in Wisconsin and her Master’s Degree of Education from Aurora University, Aurora, Illinois. Her certifications and endorsements include LBS 1 Special Education, Type 3 Elementary Education, Type 75 Administration Endorsement, and director of Special Education Endorsement. In 2009 Ms. Eggleston was awarded the Administrator of the Year award by the Kane Country Regional Office of Education.
COLLEEN F. O'KEEFE is chief legal counsel for Community Unit School District 300 where she practices in the areas of labor and employment, counseling and compliance, employment litigation, and school law. Ms. O’Keefe is admitted to practice in Illinois. She earned her B.A. degree from the University of Notre Dame and J.D. degree from Loyola University.
YASHEKIA T. SIMPKINS is an attorney with Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, where she practices in the areas of government, school law and education. She also represents clients in state and federal court litigation, as well as proceedings before the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board, the Illinois Department of Human Rights, and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Ms. Simpkins advises school districts and other public entities on matters related to the Open Meetings Act and Freedom of Information Act. She received her B.S. degree in chemistry from Northern Illinois University and her J.D. degree from the University of New Hampshire School of Law. She is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
COURTNEY N. STILLMAN is an partner with Hauser, Izzo, Petrarca, Gleason & Stillman, LLC where she concentrates her practice in the areas of special education and disability law. She is licensed to practice in both Illinois and Indiana. Ms. Stillman was a member of her local Board of Education for eleven years and president of that school board for six years. She earned her B.A. degree from Manchester College and her J.D. degree, summa cum laude, from Indiana University School of Law.