BACKGROUND AND CREDENTIALS
- State of Illinois Supreme Court, 1975
- United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1975
- United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 1983
- United States Court of Customs and Patent Appeals, 1978
- United States Patent and Trademark Office, 1976
BAR ASSOCIATION AFFILIATIONS
- Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago, 1976
- Chicago Bar Association, 1975
- DePaul University School of Law, Chicago, Illinois, J.D., 1975
- Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, B.S.I.E., 1972
- Tau Beta Pi, engineering, 1972
- Alpha Pi Mu, industrial engineering, 1972
- DePaul Law Review, Associate Editor, 1974-75
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