Centennial Honors College

20th Annual Pre-Law Symposium | October 11, 2022 from 5-7 PM
University Union Grand Ballroom

President Thomas and Future Law Students
Table fair at Pre-Law Symposium
Pre-Law Symposium Panel
Sponsored and organized by the Centennial Honors College, the Annual Pre-Law Symposium provides an excellent opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to learn about law school while being introduced to important legal issues by current law students who are WIU alumni and practicing law professionals. The event is open and free to the WIU community. Students interested in the study of law and those in classes addressing legal and ethical issues are encouraged to attend.

5:00-6:00 pm | Law School Table Fair
6:00 pm | Keynote Speaker, WIU Alumnus, Judge John L. Hauptman
6:20 | Distinguished Faculty and Alumni Panel


Law School Table Fair

Recruiters from the following law schools are scheduled to attend:

Chicago-Kent College of Law; Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law;  Marquette University Law School; Northern Illinois University College of Law;  Southern Illinois University School of Law-Carbondale; University of Illinois Chicago School of Law; University of Illinois College of Law-Urbana; University of Iowa College of Law; University of  South Dakota; University of Toledo College of Law

 Keynote Speaker
Judge John L. Hauptman

Judge John L. Hauptman was born on February 19, 1953 in Bloomington, Illinois. He was graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1971 and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Illinois University in 1975. In 1978, he graduated from The John Marshall Law School with a Juris Doctor degree. 

Judge Hauptman began his legal career serving as an Assistant State's Attorney from 1978 to 1984. He then entered private practice with Nelson, Kilgus, Richey & Hauptman in Morrison, Illinois where he was employed until 1997 when was appointed as an Associate Circuit Judge for the 14th Judicial Circuit. In 2004, he was elected Circuit Judge in Whiteside County and served until his retirement in 2016. 

On December 1, 2021, the Illinois Supreme Court assigned Judge Hauptman to the Appellate Court for the 3rd District to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Justice Vicki Wright. 

 Panel Discussion

Liz Duvall– Western Illinois University Chief General Counsel


Stephanie Hilton-Northern Illinois University College of Law, Monmouth College
Hayden Golemon– Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, WIU, Bachelor of Arts, 2020
Shavez Rosenthal-Northwestern Law School, WIU, Bachelor of Arts, 2017
Tashayla Taylor-UIC (John Marshall) Law School, WIU, Bachelor of Arts, 2018

Special thanks to:

President's Office, Provost Office, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business and Technology, College of Education and Human Services, School of Law enforcement and Justice Administration, Department of Political Science.