This year, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law proudly celebrates 125 years of trailblazing, innovative and successful alumni who have helped shape the legal profession, given back to their communities and to the law school and helped raise the profile of Chicago-Kent on a global level. After almost a year-long process that garnered more than 400 nominations, a committee of alumni, faculty, staff and students narrowed the list to 125 Alumni of Distinction. Far more are worthy of honor, but those selected stand in for the countless alumni who have made such an incredible impact on the legal community and beyond.

Among this elite group of IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law alumni, whose lives and careers have dramatically impacted their chosen profession as well as the communities in which they live, is Michael Maggiano.

Michael Maggiano, Class of 1974, Regarded as one of the finest civil trial attorneys in New Jersey.

In an interview with IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, Michael described what the honor meant to him. “Most importantly with such a great honor comes great duty and responsibility. To do the right thing no matter what cost to you. This award inspires me to continue to be able to undertake representation of those who but for the contingency fee trial lawyer would be without a voice in the courtroom.”

The 125th Anniversary Alumni of Distinction dinner was held on Thursday, November 21, 2013 at the Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel. Below are a few pictures from the event, courtesy of Alice Maggiano.

Michael Maggiano called up to the podium.

Michael Maggiano with Harold K. Krent, Dean and Professor of Law at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law