Frederick J. Kapala


Rockford, IL
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U.S. Army Reserve captain, 1970-1980
Assistant state`s attorney, Winnebago County, Illinois, 1976-1977
Private practice, Rockford, Illinois, 1977-1982
Judge, Illinois Circuit Court, Seventeenth Judicial Circuit, 1982-2001; associate judge, 1982-1994; circuit judge, 1994-2001
Judge, Illinois Appellate Court, Second District, 2001-2007

Nominated to U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, December 5, 2006; no Senate vote


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Marquette University Law School

Marquette provides you with an unusual opportunity. First, we are an outstanding law school. Our curriculum is designed to ensure that you will have the substantive knowledge, skills, and values essential to practice law in the twenty-first century. We are extremely proud that we train lawyers who practice in all areas of the profession, in private firms and public agencies, in Wisconsin and throughout the United States. It is no accident that many of our alumni are state and federal judges, and that many Marquette University Law School graduates are business and political leaders. We teach our students to have the skills to succeed in whatever branch of our profession they select. Part of the Jesuit tradition of education is encouraging students to become agents for positive change in society. This is especially important in a law school.

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University of Illinois College of Law

Established more than a century ago, the College shares the world-class reputation of the University of Illinois. One of 16 colleges, schools, and institutes on the University's flagship Urbana-Champaign campus, the law school is consistently ranked among the nation's top 10 public law schools and a peer of the nation's private elite. You'll find the College of Law to be a unique blend of tradition and innovation, attributes you might expect from a college sharing space with the birthplace of the light-emitting diode and the first graphical Web browser.

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Judicial Career

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U. S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
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Illinois Northern District Court

President Nominating: 
George W. Bush
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