Virginia M. Kendall was appointed to the federal bench in 2006 after serving over ten years as a federal prosecutor in Chicago. Â Judge Kendall served as the Child Exploitation Coordinator for the Northern District of Illinois, where she reviewed, coordinated, and supervised the investigation and trials of all child exploitation matters. Â In her years as a federal prosecutor, Judge Kendall tried numerous cases involving child exploitation, racketeering, fraud, and public corruption. Â She has also lectured extensively in the area of internet investigation, victimï¿½s rights, and human trafficking. She has lectured at Cornell University on human trafficking, served as a delegate to the Vital Voices Global Partnership to End Violence Against Women international summit, and the Inaugural Conference of the Avon Global Centerï¿½s Symposium on Post Conflict Violence Against Women. Judge Kendall has received numerous awards, including the Rape Victim Advocates Visionary Award in recognition of her work on behalf of survivors of sexual assault and abuse, DePaul University School of Lawï¿½s Women and Gender Rightï¿½s Leadership Award, Loyola University Law Schoolï¿½s Robert Bellarmine Award for her distinguished legal and service contributions to the community, and the Chicago Crime Commissionï¿½s Star of Distinction Award for her work in law enforcement. Â Her publications include articles in the Northwestern University Law Journal and Cornell University International Law Journal. Â Judge Kendall has taught at the U.S. Department of Justiceï¿½s National Advocacy Center, the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, and with the Department of Justice's Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training , and has been an instructor Â for various international rule of law trainings. She continues to teach at Northwestern University School of Law and at Loyola University School of Law. Â In her judicial capacity, Judge Kendall serves on the Judicial Codes of Conduct Committee and the Seventh Circuit Jury Instruction Committee, and has also sat by designation with the Seventh, Ninth and Federal Circuit Courts of Appeal. Â Â T. Markus Funk T. Markus Funk is a widely-published law partner in private practice focusing on the areas of complex commercial litigation, investigations, and white collar defense. From 2000-2010, he served as a federal prosecutor in Chicago working on, among other things, a wide array of high-profile child exploitation cases.Â In 2009, the U.S. Attorney General personally awarded him USDOJ's highest trial performance distinction. From 2004-06, Funk served as USDOJ's Resident Legal Advisor for Kosovo, helping oversee the U.S.ï¿½s multi-million dollar efforts to fight human trafficking and to bring the rule of law to this war-torn region. Â The US State Department awarded Funk its Superior Honor Award.Â Funk has also held leadership positions within the American Bar Association, including as Co-Chair (with Judge Kendall) of the ABA's Organized Crime and Human Trafficking Committee, and represents the ABA on the Uniform Law Commission's Drafting Committee on an Act for the Prevention of and Remedies for Human Trafficking.Â Funk taught law at, among other places, Oxford University, the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, and the U.S. Department of Justice's National Advocacy Center. In addition to authoring dozens of criminal law-related articles, as well as book chapters on a wide variety of topics, Funk wrote Stemming the Suffering: Victimsï¿½ Rights and the International Criminal Court (2010) and The Kosovo Trial Skills Handbook (2006). His legal work has been featured in publications such as The Atlantic Monthly, CNBC, CNN, The Economist, The Los Angeles Times, The National Law Journal, National Geographic Channel, The New York Times, MSNBC, and The Wall Street Journal.Â
Richard A. Posner is Circuit Judge, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and a senior lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School.