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Judge Michael S. Kanne

Judge Michael S. Kanne was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit by President Ronald Reagan and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 1987.  Prior to this appointment, Judge Kanne served on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana from 1982 to 1987.  Judge Kanne received his law degree from Indiana University School of Law in 1968 and was in private law practice in his hometown of Rensselaer, Indiana from 1968 until 1972 when he became an Indiana state circuit court judge.  He served in this capacity until his appointment to the federal bench in 1982.  Judge Kanne was born in Rensselaer, Indiana in 1938 and served in the U.S. Air Force as a Lieutenant from 1962 to1965. He is a 1962 graduate of Indiana University where he received a B.S. degree.


Chief Judge David R. Herndon
Judge Herndon was appointed United States District Judge for the Southern District of Illinois November 16, 1998 and designated Chief Judge October 1, 2007.  He received a B.A. in 1974 from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and earned his Juris Doctorate from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 1977.  Judge Herndon was in private practice from 1977 until 1991 when he became an Associate Judge in Madison County, Illinois.  He served as Associate Judge until commissioned as a United States District Judge upon the nomination of President William J. Clinton and confirmation of the United States Senate.


Kent Harshbarger, MD, JD,FCLM
Dr. Harshbarger is the President of the American College of Legal Medicine.  He received his MD and JD from Southern Illinois University.  He completed an anatomic and clinical pathology residency at Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie, Indiana, and a forensic pathology fellowship at the Montgomery County Coroner's Office in Dayton, Ohio.
After training, Dr. Harshbarger worked for a short time as a forensic pathologist serving the majority of central Illinois and then returned to Dayton, Ohio where he is now the Coroner/Forensic Pathologist for Montgomery County. Dr. Harshbarger also serves in the Army Reserve as a Regional Armed Forces Medical Examiner.  Dr. Harshbarger holds an appointment as a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Pathology at Wright State University School of Medicine.


Jane Yakowitz Bambauer
Professor Bambauer joined the faculty of the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law in 2012.  Prof. Bambauer's research assesses the social costs and benefits of data, and questions the wisdom of many popular privacy laws.  Her own data-driven research explores the relationship between legal education and career outcomes.  Prof. Bambauer previously taught at Brooklyn Law School, and served as the Director of Project SEAPHE at UCLA School of Law. She frequently writes for The Huffington Post and Info/Law.