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Franczek Radelet Welcomes Two New Associates

January 25, 2012
Chicago, IL
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Franczek Radelet is pleased to announce that Gwendolyn B. Morales and Kendra Berner have joined the firm as associates. Gwen, who joins the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice Team, most recently served as a law clerk to the Honorable Michael H. Watson of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. Kendra, who joins the firm’s Education Practice Team, previously served as Assistant Attorney General at the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia, where she worked on special education matters with the District of Columbia public schools.

Gwen represents and counsels employers on a wide range of labor and employment issues, with a particular emphasis on employment discrimination and litigation arising under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and related statutes, as well as claims brought at the agency level. Before her clerkship, Gwen was an associate at Morgan Lewis & Bockius, where her experience included Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), Title VII, and other federal and Illinois employment litigation matters. She earned her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School and her B.A., cum laude, from Williams College.

Kendra represents public school districts, charter schools, private schools and higher education institutions in a variety of education law matters. She counsels clients in the areas of special education, student rights, student discipline, school board policy and governance, individual educational program (IEP) meetings, due process matters, and residency and discipline hearings. Prior to serving as Assistant Attorney General, she was an associate at Hogan & Hartson. Before law school, Kendra taught seventh and eighth grades in Houston as a Teach for America Corps Member, working with special education students. Kendra earned her J.D., magna cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center, her M.E. from the University of St. Thomas, and her B.A. in economics from Davidson College.