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William L. Beatty Jurist In Residence


The William L. Beatty Jurist In Residence allows students to supplement their traditional curriculum with the perspective and experience of the judiciary.

Each year, a distinguished jurist is invited to spend two to three days at the School of Law speaking in a variety of classes related to his/her area of responsibility and meeting with students, faculty, and staff in both formal and informal settings.

The Jurist In Residence is made possible through a cy pres award granted to the Southern Illinois University School of Law in 2004 by U.S. District Court Judge for the Southern District of Illinois, David R. Herndon (Class of 1977) in memory of his mentor, William L. Beatty.

Hon. William L. Beatty

William L. Beatty (1925-2001) was born in Mendota, Illinois. Beatty served in the United States Army from 1943-1946 and graduated from law school in 1950. As an attorney, he had a distinguished career in private practice from 1950 to 1968 when he was elected to the bench of the Third Circuit Court, Madison County, Illinois. He held that position until 1979 when he was nominated by United States President Jimmy Carter to the United States District Court, Southern District of Illinois. He assumed senior status in 1993, a position he held until his death at the age of 76.



2013 Jurist-in-Residence - March 27th


Judge Sanchez-Llorens received her B.A. from Wellesley College, her Master in Economics from Trinity College, and J.D. from New York University School of Law. Prior to practicing law, Judge Sanchez-Llorens worked in banking for approximately nine years, five of which she was a bank officer.

For over 14 years, Judge Sanchez-Llorens worked as an Assistant Public Defender in state and federal court.  She was assigned as the training attorney in the Domestic Representation Unit in the Public Defender’s Office for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit.   During her tenure at the Public Defender’s Office, Judge Sanchez-Llorens tried over 50 cases to verdict.

Judge Sanchez-Llorens devotes her time to addressing domestic violence issues in the community. Prior to her election in August 2008, she was appointed as a board member for various state and county domestic violence organizations, including the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence Statewide Legal and Policy Council, as well as appointed to the Miami-Dade County Domestic Violence Oversight Board. Judge Sanchez-Llorens regularly speaks on domestic violence issues and has appeared on Spanish, English, and Creole radio programs designed to educate the public on available resources to combat domestic violence.

Judge Sanchez-Llorens was awarded the South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce “Women of Leadership Award for Government/Public Service,” and she also received a “Proclamation of Appreciation” from the City of Miami Beach in 2007 for her commitment for public service as well as recognition from the Puerto Rican Bar Association for “Outstanding Service to the Judiciary.”

She is the Past President of the Women’s Committee of Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) and served on the Board of Directors during 2010-2011. She is a Mentor in BBBS’ “School to Work” Program, where she is paired with a junior from Booker T. Washington Senior High School. She also served as Co-Chair on the Miami-Dade County Domestic Violence Oversight Board, BBBS Women’s Committee Co-Chair for the Miracle Makers’ Luncheon and the Womenade Host Committee for the Chapman Partnership (formerly known as the Community Partnership for the Homeless). She was recently elected Regional Representative to the Wellesley Latina Alumnae Network (WLAN) Board.

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Past Visitors

2009: Judge Marilyn Ruth Signe Skoglund, Associate Justice, Vermont Supreme Court

2008: Judge Julio Fuentes, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

2007: Howard H. Dana, Jr., Associate Justice Maine Supreme Judicial Court

2006:  Harris L. Hartz, Justice, United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit      

2005:  Elizabeth B. Lacy, Justice, Supreme Court of Virginia