Judge Virginia Mary Kendall

District Judge for the United States District Court Northern District of Illinois

Judge Kendall (Judge, United States District Court Northern District of Illinois) was appointed to the federal bench on January 3, 2006. She is the co-author of Child Exploitation and Trafficking: Examining the Global Challenges and the U.S. Responses (Rowman & Littlefield 2012), with T. Markus Funk, Foreword by The Hon. Richard A. Posner and Child Exploitation and Trafficking: Examining Global Enforcement and Supply Chain Challenges and U.S. Responses (Rowman & Littlefield forthcoming 2016).

She teaches human trafficking law at University of Chicago Law School, Northwestern University School of Law, and Loyola University Chicago School of Law. She has authored numerous articles on a variety of topics including international human rights, human trafficking, public corruption, and transnational investigations.

Aside from her own writing, she also serves as an editor of Litigation Magazine and is a member of the American Law Institute where she works as an Advisor to the drafting of a model penal code for sexual offenses. She lectures extensively both domestically and internationally (18 countries) in the areas of human trafficking, public corruption, ethics, and judicial training.

Domestically, she created a human trafficking training module for task forces and judges that has been implemented throughout the United States. Prior to her judicial appointment, she served over ten years as a federal prosecutor in Chicago in both the Public Corruption Unit and as the Child Exploitation Coordinator where she tried dozens of jury trials.  While a federal prosecutor, she was appointed to the U.S. Attorney General’s Advisory Panel that reviewed all multi-jurisdictional child exploitation and trafficking cases. She received her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from Northwestern University and her J.D. from Loyola University School of Law.


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