Honorable Virginia M. Kendall
Judge, Northern District of Illinois
Judge Kendall was appointed to the federal bench in January 2006. Prior to her appointment she worked at the United States Attorney‘s Office in Chicago for over ten years where she served as Deputy Chief in the Criminal Division, Child Exploitation Coordinator, and Coordinator of Project Safe Neighborhoods. Prior to working with the United States Attorney‘s Office, Judge Kendall clerked for Hon. George Marovich in the Northern District of Illinois. She currently serves on the Codes of Conduct
Committee for the federal judiciary, the Seventh Circuit‘s Civil Jury Instruction Committee, and has sat with both the Seventh Circuit and the Federal Circuit Courts of Appeal as a visiting judge.
Judge Kendall has been an adjunct professor at Loyola University School of Law for the past sixteen years and an adjunct professor of law at Northwestern University Law School for the past five years. She has published law journal articles on a variety of topics including child molestation statutes, human trafficking and community reform projects. She currently lectures extensively in the areas of electronic discovery, internet and computer investigations, intellectual property case management, ethics, and victims‘ rights. She has traveled to Nairobi, Kenya where she has trained investigators, trial attorneys, and judges how to effectively use the recently-enacted Kenyan public corruption laws and sexual offense laws. She has lectured at Cornell University on human trafficking as part of the Avon Global Center for Women and Justice, served as a delegate to the Vital Voices Global Partnership to End Violence Against Women international summit, and spoken at the Inaugural Conference of the Avon Global Center‘s Symposium on Post Conflict Violence Against Women. She has traveled to Zambia to teach judges there about crimes against women and will travel later this year to continue her training on anti-human trafficking laws and procedures through the State Department and Lawyers without Borders.
As a trial attorney, Judge Kendall tried a variety of federal jury trials involving white collar fraud, insurance fraud, police corruption, public corruption, child molestation and racketeering. While a federal prosecutor, she served on the United States’ Attorney General’s National Advisory Committee responsible for reviewing all nationwide child exploitation investigations and coordinated the federal program Project Safe Neighborhoods designed to reduce gun violence within the city of Chicago.
Judge Kendall has participated in a number of service projects that support high school students, including moderating service trips to Peru, establishing trial training programs in both Chicago Public Schools and the federal courts, and developing awareness and support programs to curb gun violence and aid offender re-entry into the community. She opens her courtroom regularly to students from around the Chicago area where she enjoys teaching them about the judicial system. She tutors inner-city students after hours and continues to make public presentations to encourage professionalism in the field and to support underprivileged children who seek to gain a legal education. She was awarded the Chicago Crime Commission‘s Star of Distinction Award for her work in law enforcement, Loyola University Law School‘s Robert Bellarmine Award for her distinguished legal and service contributions to the community, the Rape Victim Advocates Visionary Award in recognition of her work on behalf of survivors of sexual assault and abuse, and DePaul University School of Law‘s Women and Gender Right’s Leadership Award.