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Young Alumnus of the Year 
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John Robert “Jay” Schleppenbach ’00 of Chicago is the recipient of the 2013 Young Alumnus Award in recognition of his outstanding legal career.

As an assistant attorney general in the criminal appeals division of the Illinois Attorney General’s office, he prepares briefs and argues appeals before the Illinois Supreme and Appellate courts and the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Schleppenbach graduated summa cum laude from the University of Illinois School of Law in 2003, and was chosen by his fellow students to give the commencement address.

Prior to joining the Attorney General’s office last June, Schleppenbach was a partner and associate at the Chicago law firm, Jenner & Block LLP, from 2005-2012. His accomplishments with Jenner & Block include obtaining rescission of a $56 million contract as part of a trial team for a week-long Illinois state court proceeding; preparing five expert witnesses and reports for a hearing in an International Chamber of Commerce arbitration involving a $140 million commercial contract dispute in Geneva, Switzerland; prevailing on a motion to dismiss a $40 million claim for breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty and constructive fraud; and successfully pursuing an asylum application for a persecuted Cameroonian citizen before the U.S. Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Schleppenbach has had more than a dozen articles published in various legal journals, and has assisted with instruction of an international arbitration course at Northwestern University College of Law. He also coached Northwestern’s award-winning international arbitration Moot Court team in Vienna, Austria.

He has served as a volunteer with the Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago’s “Lawyers in the Classroom” program, which helps second- through eighth-grade students better understand the Constitution and our legal system. He has also volunteered with the “Saturday School” program at KIPP Ascend Charter School, a tuition-free college preparatory middle school on Chicago’s west side.

A loyal Millikin supporter, Schleppenbach has served as his class agent for fundraising since 2006. He has been a regular contributor to The Millikin Fund and has assisted with numerous other fundraising efforts, including providing funding for Millikin’s Outstanding Journalism Award and helping to solicit former James Millikin and presidential scholars. A career connections volunteer, he also attends Millikin events in the Chicago area and hosted University Choir members at his home during the group’s 2008 tour.

A presidential scholar and Scovill Prize recipient, Schleppenbach earned two degrees at Millikin: a bachelor of science in music business and a bachelor of arts in English writing. He performed with the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra, University Choir, Millikin Men, Concert Choir and Vocal Jazz Ensemble, and wrote for “The Decaturian” and “Collage.” He was active with WJMU, Millikin’s student-run radio station, and was a member of the Student Senate, Student Homecoming Committee, Student Ambassador Corps, Newman Catholic Community, and honorary societies Phi Kappa Phi, Alpha Lambda Delta and Sigma Tau Delta. A four-year member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia music fraternity, he served as the organization’s president in 1998-99. He was also the service learning program’s volunteer coordinator for Dennis Elementary School during all four of his years at MU.

Schleppenbach is a graduate of Chicago’s famed Second City Conservatory programs in improvisation and writing, and writes and performs sketch shows at the Second City Skybox Theater and other Chicago venues.

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John W. Luttrell '53
Kenneth A. Harm '52
Helen Cox Raab '56
Robert B. King '51
Jack S. Hart '49
Ernest W. Novak Jr. '57
James E. Fitzgerald '53
Herbert H. Zuegel '52
Roger Baldwin '53
Don McCann '56
Wayne Martin '59
Jerry Booth '56
Ruth McDonald Prust '56
Michael J. Perelli '59
David P. Lauerman '61
Gerald Domescik '62
Katherine "Kitty" Lindsay '68
George B. Irish '68
Larry W. Foster '64
Nike Smyth Whitcomb '66
Terry R. Peel '68
John T. Adney '72
Earl A. "Bud" '73 and Debra Curfman Harner '75
Steven R. Hurst '70
Fred W. Krows '72
Gary L. Motta '74
Marcia Morey '78
William '76 and Mary Strine Kowalczyk '76
Jodi Marzorati Benson '83
Ann Mansfield Carr '78
Tim Shew '80
Jennifer Friday '77
Kim Mrowiec Toter '78
Alan Held '81
David G. Dixon '83
W. Curt Grant '86
Marcilene Dutton '85
Catherine Cook Boughaffour '85
Lori Kerans '85
Douglas Ashcraft '88
Christopher Shroyer '87
Karla Camillo Miller '88
Lesa Kraus Friedrich '89
Joe Machota
Jon Tiede '92
Darren Washington '92
Ann Louise Sumner '96
Amy Hagen '94
Matthew West '99
Nicole Tester '99
Sierra M. Boggess '04
Case McGee ’98/MBA ’04
Chapter 6
Gregg Meisenhelter '00
Jay Schleppenbach '00

 
 
Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Millikin University - Decatur, IL
 
Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Millikin University - Decatur, IL