Judge Kendall was appointed to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois in January, 2006. She currently serves on the Judicial Conference of the United States Codes of Conduct Committee, and has sat by designation with the Seventh, Ninth, and Federal Circuit Courts of Appeals. Prior to her appointment, she worked for over ten years as an Assistant United States Attorney in Chicago.
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.