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Jean Y. Liu

Jean Y. Liu is an associate at Kaufman Dolowich & Voluck, LLP. She has extensive experience in handling litigation matters involving commercial disputes, privacy law, employment law, and professional liability defense. In addition to the foregoing, Jean regularly represents domestic and London-based insurance carriers with respect to financial institution bonds and commercial crime policies. Jean attended the University of California, Irvine, where she received degrees in cognitive science and anthropology, and Loyola University of Chicago School of Law, where she received her law degree and served on the executive boards of the Annals of Health Law, Loyola Consumer Law Review, and APALSA. In addition to her involvement with AABA, Jean currently serves as the President of the Chinese American Bar Association of Greater Chicago.


 Jane Funk


Jane brings over 11 years of experience in the legal industry. She was ranked #1, globally for Chairman’s Club and pioneered the managed review practice at Robert Half Legal as the first Director of Legal Project. She was promoted to VP of Consulting Services where she worked nationally in assisting in-house legal departments and law firms in all aspects of eDiscovery, managed review, information governance, records management, contracts management, mergers and acquisitions, internal investigations, government investigations, data privacy, cyber security, and compliance and regulatory initiatives. Prior to joining Robert Half Legal, Jane practiced in litigation for a Chicago based firmed, Gardiner Koch Weisberg & Wrona. Her practice was focused in commercial and real estate litigation.

 Jane and her husband Erik have two rambunctious boys, Fitz (4) and Whit (2).

 Summer Du

 Summer Du is an assistant corporation counsel for the City of Chicago Law Department, Collections, Ownership, and Administrative Litigation Division. Her practice focuses on debt collection, and creditors’ rights. Prior to City of Chicago, Ms. Du worked at a Fortune 500 company as a senior compliance associate. She has also been a regular volunteer at Chinatown Pro Bono Clinic, consulting clients in domestic relation matters. Ms. Du was a clerk of Judge Mark J. Lopez in Cook County, and APALSA president of DePaul University College of Law in 2014-2015. Before law school, She worked as a sports event organizer in 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, and Coppa Italia 2011.  

Armando G. Sandoval 

Armando (“Archie”) has been an Assistant Cook County Public Defender for over 15 years.  He is currently assigned to the Legal Resources Division, responsible for post-conviction matters and criminal appeals.  For over 10 years he was assigned to the Felony Trial Division at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse (26th and California).  He has tried several felony bench trials and jury trials.  He is also member of AFSCME Local 3315.

Dedicated to diversity and service, Armando recently volunteered to teach Constitutional Law to middle-school students at Saucedo Scholastic Academy in Little Village, to help coach and train the Loyola Law School Corboy Trial Advocacy Team, and to meet with prospective Chicago-area students as a volunteer alumnus for Michigan State University.  In college and law school he was a member of various student organizations involved with the Asian American community and/or public service, including APASO (Asian Pacific American Student Organization) and PASS (Philippine American Student Society) at Michigan State University.  He is a proud member of the Filipino American Lawyers Association and Asian American Bar Association.

Born in The Philippines and raised in Henderson, Kentucky, Armando attended Michigan State University and the University of Louisville-Brandeis School of Law. He resides in the Near North Side with his wife and son.       

Kwanwoo Kwanwoo Lee

Kwanwoo Lee is an associate at Marshall Gerstein, who secures patent protection for major corporations in the electrical and computer technology fields. He is also an active pro bono advocate, volunteering time with Lawyers for the Creative Arts and the Wills for Heroes Foundation. He received his J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law, and his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


Samera Syeda Ludwig

 Samera Syeda Ludwig is a partner at Lowis & Gellen LLP where she focuses her practice on employment discrimination, immigration and commercial disputes.  She is also the Chair of the firm’s Immigration Practice.  Samera has an active pro bono practice partnering with the National Immigrant Justice Center assisting individuals in obtaining asylum, U visas and other relief.  Samera also sits on the Board of the Chicago High School For The Arts.  Samera received her B.A. with Honors from Wesleyan University and her J.D. from Columbia Law School. 

Amol Parikh

Amol Parikh is a partner at McDermott Will & Emery where he concentrates his practice on intellectual property and technology litigation, counseling, and procurement. He draws on his trial and litigation experience in combination with his engineering training to quickly identify intellectual property and technology issues and works with clients to develop creative strategies to address them. He earned his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law and was a member of the DePaul Law Review. Amol maintains a robust pro bono practice focusing on immigration and civil rights matter. In addition to his legal practice, Amol is a 2018 Fellow for the Legal Counsel on Legal Diversity and a member of the Ravinia Associates Board.

James Vergara

James Vergara is a patent attorney in Barnes & Thornburg’s intellectual property (IP) department. He prepares and prosecutes patent applications for a variety of clients, such as startups, universities, and large corporations. James also has experience in patent litigation support, freedom-to-operate analysis, and patent portfolio due diligence for mergers and acquisitions. James received his B.S. in Computer Science from Purdue University and J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law.


Samantha Woo

Samantha Woo is an associate in the Labor and Employment group at Jones Day, where she represents employers in connection with a wide range of employment litigation matters and labor management relations issues, including collective bargaining and unfair labor practice cases, as well as employment discrimination and wage and hour disputes. Samantha has an active pro bono practice, and also is involved in the Firm's recruiting and diversity committees. Samantha earned her J.D., cum laude, from Northwestern University School of Law, her Master's in Public Health from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, and her B.A. in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University.

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