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Chicago-Kent College of Law Honors Patricia Whitten with Professional Achievement Award

November 18, 2011
Chicago, IL
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Today, the Chicago-Kent College of Law Alumni Board of Directors presented Franczek Radelet partner Patricia J. Whitten with the 2011 Professional Achievement Award.  This recognition, awarded annually since 1984, is given to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to one or more of the following fields including the practice of law, the judiciary, public service/government, business/commerce, or the media. 

“This is a well deserved honor for Patti and a true testament to the success of her practice,” commented Ronald J. Hein, managing partner of Franczek Radelet.

A 1974 Chicago-Kent College of Law graduate, Patti devotes her legal career to the practice of education law.  She has an in-depth background in constitutional and civil rights, including educational equity and desegregation issues, labor and employment, vendor contracts, tax and finance, board policy and administrative matters, and legislative drafting and interpretation.  Her practice in recent years has had a particular focus on special education law and educational equity issues and related litigation.

Prior to private practice, Patti served as general counsel for the Chicago Board of Education for more than 11 years, and prior to that she spent most of her legal career in the Chicago Board’s Law Department.  She was the Chicago Board’s first female and youngest general counsel.  Patti is an active member of the National School Boards Association Council of School Attorneys.  She is also a founding member of the Illinois Council of School Attorneys and currently serves on its executive board.

A list of all the recipients of the 2011 Kent Alumni Awards is available on Kent’s website at http://www.kentlaw.edu/depts/alums/lunch/awards.html.