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Class Notes


Stephen M. Komie ('76) is running for reelection to the Board of Governors of the Illinois State Bar Association. Stephen has been a champion of and an outspoken advocate for solo practitioners and small firms over the 20 years he's served on the Board of Governors of the State Bar. He has been the author of the attorney's bills of rights for lawyers facing ARDC disciplinary proceedings. He has been a solo practitioner and trial lawyer in Chicago since his graduation from law school and an active alumnus of the law school.


Crystal Ashby ('86) was appointed as executive vice president, chief people, DEI, and communications officer for Independence Health Group, a leading health insurance company. Ashby joined Independence in 2021 as executive vice president and chief people officer and served as interim president and CEO at The Executive Leadership Council prior to joining the company.


Larry Falbe ('94), an attorney specializing in environmental law, was promoted to senior principal at Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone. Larry is the immediate past president of the Illinois Association of Environmental Professionals and the chairman of the Air and Waste Management Association's Lake Michigan States Section board of directors.


Chloe G. Pedersen (BSC '04, JD '07) is running for election to the Board of Governors of the Illinois State Bar Association. Chloe is an equity partner with the law firm of Fletcher & Sippel LLC in their labor and employment practice group.

Paul Daugherity ('05) was named a partner at Kaufman Dolowich & Voluck. Paul handles cases involving products liability, construction, premises liability, medical malpractice, professional liability, misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of contract and defense of employment matters.

Lisa Duarte ('09) was named a partner at Croke Fairchild Duarte and Beres. Lisa also owns her own lobbying and government affairs firm, POD Strategies, and is a sought-after political commentator.


Lisa Ciharan ('12) joined Levin & Perconti as an associate attorney. Lisa is a trial attorney with extensive experience in premises liability, vehicular collisions, medical malpractice and nursing home negligence.

Nickole Miller ('12) was named Fearless Lawyer of the Month in February by the American Bar Association's Litigation Section. Nickole is an assistant professor of law at Drake University Law School and director of the Middleton Center for Children's Rights.


Casey Doherty ('21) was selected as the 2023 Chicago St. Patrick's Day Parade Queen. Casey works as a data privacy consultant for PwC.

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