FEATURED ALUMNI OF 2010

N. Cornell Boggs, III

N. Cornell Boggs, III

Chief Responsibility and Ethics Officer

N. Cornell Boggs, III is Chief Responsibility and Ethics Officer for MillerCoors.  He is responsible for ensuring we live up to our commitment to respect our consumers, our communities and our planet.Previously, Boggs was Chief Legal Officer and Group Vice President of Public Affairs for Coors Brewing Company where he was responsible for legal, government affairs, corporate communications, alcohol responsibility, and water and natural resources.Prior to joining Coors in 2005, Boggs served as Vice President and General Counsel for Tyco Plastics and Adhesives in Princeton, N.J.  Earlier in his career, he served as Associate General Counsel with Anheuser-Busch, where he was commercial law counsel for the corporate engineering, purchasing, marketing and distribution groups.  Boggs also previously served as Americas Regional Counsel for Intel Corporation and Assistant Company Counsel with Monsanto Company.

Boggs began his career as a Judicial Clerk for the Court of Appeals of Indiana, and then continued with an earned appointment to the honors program with the U.S. Department of Justice, a prestigious two-year litigation opportunity in which he represented the interests of the United States in court.Boggs has received national recognition for his legal career.  In March 2005, he was featured on the cover of Corporate Counselmagazine as part of its annual list of 10 promising lawyers who can be expected to head the legal functions of leading U.S. and international corporations.Active in the legal community, Boggs currently serves on the boards of directors of Valparaiso University and the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC).  He is a member of the American Bar Association’s Standards Review Committee, which oversees the standards for accreditation of ABA approved law schools in the United States. Boggs earned his undergraduate and law degrees from Valparaiso University in Indiana.


Beth Kreppein

Beth Kreppein

Beth Kreppein was born and raised in South Bend, Indiana.  She attended Northwestern University where she graduated in 1998 from the School of Education and Social Policy with a BS in Social Policy.  While in college,  she worked at Pro Bono Advocates in Chicago, Illinois, a Domestic Violence Legal Aid clinic obtaining orders of protection for victims. Ms. Kreppein then attended Valparaiso Law in the Honors Program and graduated in 2001. Ms. Kreppein started her professional career in civil litigation at Hilbrich Cunningham Schwerd Dobosz and Vinovich, LLP in Highland, Indiana where she mainly handled personal injury and medical malpractice cases.  She then became a deputy prosecuting attorney in St. Joseph County, Indiana for nearly 2 years starting in the traffic and misdemeanor section and then to major felony crimes – including  several murder cases.  Ms. Kreppein was then accepted to the FBI Academy graduating in July of 2004.  For the last 6 years, she has been assigned to the city of Chicago on a Gang Task Force.  As collateral duties in the Bureau, she is also a certified Legal Advisor, certified Physical Fitness Advisor and a certified Crisis/Hostage Negotiator.


Jackie Leimer

Jacqueline A. Leimer

Jacqueline A. Leimer is a practitioner-in-residence with Chicago-Kent’s Program in Intellectual Property Law and also directs IIT’s new interdisciplinary master’s program in Intellectual Property Management and Markets. Ms. Leimer most recently was vice president and associate general counsel, global intellectual property, at the world headquarters of Kraft Foods, in Northfield, IL, with responsibility for the overall management of intellectual property law issues worldwide from 2005 to 2009. She started her affiliation with Kraft Foods in 1996 as chief trademark counsel.

Prior to joining Kraft Foods, Ms. Leimer was a partner at Kirkland & Ellis in Chicago, concentrating in trademark, copyright and advertising law matters. She also has 10 years of in-house intellectual property experience with The Quaker Oats Company. Ms Leimer was president of the International Trademark Association in 2004 and served for many years as a director of that organization. She was appointed by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Carlos Guitterez to serve on the Trademark Public Advisory Committee to provide oversight to the US Patent and Trademark Office from 2006-2009. She is a frequent speaker on intellectual property issues.Ms. Leimer is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Federal Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the Illinois state courts.Ms. Leimer graduated from Valparaiso University School of Law, where she was editor-in-chief of the Valparaiso University Law Review. She also earned a B.A. in Psychology from Valparaiso University.


James Paul

James W. Paul

James W. Paul is a Partner and Gerneral Counsel of Clifford Chance US LLP, a position he has held at Clifford Chance (and predecessor firms) for over ten years. Prior to becoming General Counsel, Mr. Paul was a trial lawyer working primarily in the fields of antitrust (motion pictures, patents, mergers and aquisistions), class action defense (insurance, securities) and products liability defense. He has served on a number of professional committies including the New York City Bar Committees on Professional and Judicial Ethics, and Professional Discipline. He speaks often on subjects of law firm risk management and legal ethics. He is a graduate of Valparaiso University and The University of Chicago Law School. He is admitted to practice in the state of New York and in various courts in the federal system throughout the United States.Clifford Chance LLP is a multi-national law firm with 3200 lawyers operating out of 29 offices in 20 countries. In the U.S., Clifford Chance has ofices in New York and Washington, D.C. The Firm focuses on the core areas of commercial activity: capital markets; corporate and M&A; finance and banking; litigation and dispute resolution; real estate, tax, pensions, and employment.


Joyce Thompson

Joyce Thompson

  • NCAA Headquarters, Associate Directorof Enforcement Services
  • Indiana University, Bloomington(BA ’95, Criminal Justice, African American Studies)
  • Valparaiso University School of Law (JD ’99)
  • Character featured in book and movie production,“The Blind Side”

Judge Heather Ann Welch, J.D.

Judge Heather Ann Welch, J.D.

Education

Valparaiso University, J.D. 1994Indiana University, B.S. Business Analysis 1989

Career

Judge, Marion County Superior Court, Civil Division, Room 12- current assignment.

Judge, Marion County Superior Court, Criminal Division, Room 9 2007-2008

Judge Welch presided over approximately 1800 D Felony cases.  She was elected in November of 2006 and began her duties in Criminal 9 on January 1, 2007.  Judge Welch has remained Special Judge on several Dissolution cases.

Master Commissioner, Marion County Superior Courts 2001-2006 Master Commissioner Welch served in Criminal Court 1 and Civil Court 10.   Presided over cases involving major felonies and murders, family law cases, and civil cases.  Commissioner Welch presided over approximately 80 major felony jury trials, over 100 bench trials of all types, and over 350 felony sentencings.Attorney, Kiefer & McGoff, Indianapolis 1999-2001Practiced in areas of criminal law, family law, attorney disciplinary matters and administrative licensing in both state and Federal courts.

Deputy Prosecutor, Marion County Prosecutor’s Office 1996- 1999

Major Felony trial attorney, Marion Superior Criminal Court 1.  This caseload consisted of A-C Felonies and Murder cases.  She conducted approximately 70 jury trials and 30 bench trials.

 Deputy Attorney General, Indiana Attorney General’s Office 1995-96

Assigned to the Medical Licensing Division, drafted and filed complaints against physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals on behalf of the State.  She litigated the complaints before the appropriate administrative boards.

 Professional Membership & Participation:

Indianapolis Bar Association:

Chair of the 2011 Legislative Committee

Member of the IBA Board of Managers:  Member at Large 2006-2008;

Member of the IBA Board of Managers:  Vice President 2010- current

Member of the Diversity Task Force

Chair of the Pro Bono Standing Committee 2008

Member of Pro Bono Standing Committee

Member of the Executive Committee of the Women in the Law Division

Member of the Bench Bar Conference Committee 2006

Co-Chair person of 2007 Bench Bar Conference

Chair person of the 2009 Bench Bar Conference

Member of the Bench Bar Conference Committee 2010

Indianapolis Bar Foundation Fellow

Indiana State Bar Association:

Member of the Ethics Committee

Member of the Judicial Committee

Member of the Committee on Juvenile Justice Summit

 

American Bar Association

National Association of Women Judges

American Judicature Society

American Inn of Court Sagamore

Indiana Judges Association:

Member at Large for Marion County District 2009- current

Indiana Judicial Center:

Criminal Instructions Committee

Ethics Committee

Marion County Bar Association

Frequent Speaker at the Indianapolis Bar Association and the Indiana State Bar Association

Community Service

 Board Member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana 2007-2010

Board Member of St. Thomas Aquinas School Commission 2008-2010

Reach for Youth Volunteer for Teen Court

Professional Admissions

Indiana Supreme Court                 October 31, 1994

United States District Court,

Southern District of Indiana         October 31, 1994

United States Court of Appeals

For the Seventh Circuit                 April 26, 1999