Richard Porter '86 and Jennifer Nijman '87 Named to Senator Kirk's Judicial Review Panel


U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., announced today he’s creating a panel of 16 lawyers and former judges to recommend a federal judge nominee...

According to Kirk’s office, the panel will search for a nominee to fill the vacancy left when former Chief Judge James F. Holderman went to senior status. Going on senior status means jurists scale-bac and generally take on a lighter caseload.

“I am confident that these 16 panelists will conduct a productive, non-partisan and satisfactory review of the applicants as they work to fill the judicial vacancy for the Northern District of Illinois,” Senator Kirk said in a statement. “With their combined experience and knowledge, I am certain that we will submit the strongest applicant possible for review by the President and the U.S. Senate.”...

Jennifer Nijman concentrates her practice in the areas of Environmental Law and Litigation. She was formerly chair of the environmental practice group at a large Chicago firm and started the environmental law firm of Nijman Franzetti LLP in 2008. She is a certified mediator and arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association. Ms. Nijman was appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court to the Commission on Access to Justice and serves on the boards of the Lawyers Trust Fund of Illinois and the Public Interest Law Initiative. She was President of the Chicago Bar Association in 2002-2003. She is a member of the Federal Trial Bar for the Northern District of Illinois and is admitted to the Illinois and Wisconsin Bar, as well as the U.S. Supreme Court. She received her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.

Richard Porter is a partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP who focuses on business financings, acquisitions, dispositions and reorganizations. He represents several Illinois-based private equity firms, as well as public and private companies in several industries. A member of the Board of Directors of the Chicago Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth, Chicago Council on the Global Affairs and the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, as well as a member of the Economic Club of Chicago, Mr. Porter is a former Special Assistant to George H.W. Bush and Counselor to Vice President Dan Quayle, where he worked on the Administration’s legal reform initiatives. Mr. Porter is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif and awarded the John Olin Prize for Law and Economics, and was a law clerk for the Honorable Richard A. Posner, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.