Centennial Honors College

13th Pre-Law Symposium - February 17, 2014, at the WIU Multicultural Center 

The Thirteenth 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. [ Download Event Poster in .pdf ]

This year's keynote speaker is Heather Wier-Vaught, a 1998 WIU graduate with degrees in LEJA and sociology. Wier-Vaught received her law degree from Northern Illinois University and currently serves as counsel to Illinois Speaker of the House Michael J. Madigan. She is also the parliamentarian for the Illinois House of Representatives and is the ethics officer for the House Democratic Caucus. The title of her speech is “10 Things I Wish I had Known Before Law School.”

The event begins at 5 p.m. with a table fair and welcome by WIU President Jack Thomas and the Centennial Honors College. Recruiters will also be available from the law schools at:

  • Chicago Kent School of Law
  • DePaul University
  • Drake University
  • Hamline University
  • Indiana Tech
  • Loyola University College of Law
  • John Marshall
  • Marquette University
  • Northern Illinois University
  • Southern Illinois University
  • University of Illinois
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Missouri-Columbia
  • University of Wisconsin
  • Valparaiso


Pre-law advisers from WIU's Honors College, School of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration (LEJA) and the departments of History, Philosophy and Religious Studies and Political Science will also be available at the event.

The symposium will also include a panel discussion made up of WIU alumni:

  • Genc Arifi – 2013 LEJA graduate, DePaul University College of Law
  • LaQuenta Rudison – 2012 philosophy graduate, John Marshall Law School
  • Arsenio L. Mims – 2011 political science graduate, business minor, University of Missouri School of Law
  • Attorney Steven Dennis Rineberg – 1998 political science graduate, St. Louis University College of Law
  • Attorney John Fisk – 1977 history graduate, Chicago-Kent College of Law


Event sponsors include WIU alumnus and attorney Matt Bills, the WIU School of LEJA, the McDonough County Bar Association and the WIU departments of history, philosophy and religious studies, political science and sociology and anthropology.

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.

If you would like to know more, please stop by the Honors College or call at 309-298-2228.