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Virginia Kendall

Judge Kendall was appointed to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois in January 2006. She currently serves on the Seventh Circuit’s Civil Jury Instruction Committee and has sat by designation with the Seventh, Ninth, and Federal Circuit Courts of Appeal. Prior to her appointment, she worked for over ten years as an Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office in Chicago. Judge Kendall lectures extensively both domestically and internationally in the areas of public corruption, corporate supply chain compliance, human rights, especially in relation to human trafficking and crimes against women and children, and ethics. 

Judge Kendall is the co-author of Child Exploitation and Trafficking: Examining the Global Challenges and the U.S. Responses, (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2011), with T. Markus Funk, Foreword by The Hon. Richard A. Posner. Judge Kendall has traveled through the State Department and Lawyers Without Borders, to Kenya, Zambia, Liberia, and Cyprus, to teach judges about public corruption, crimes against women and human trafficking. 

Judge Kendall received her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from Northwestern University and her J.D. from Loyola University School of Law.