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ABOUT MARIE SARANTAKIS

ARTICLES PUBLISHED

 Marie Sarantakis Quoted in Are pets assets or part of the family? States are passing laws that give judges a longer leash in divorce custody proceedings, By Pamela Babcock, American Bar Journal, June 2019 edition 


Marie Sarantakis Quoted in Doggie Divorce: Who Gets the Pet When Couples Split?, By Elaine Povich, Pew Research Center, January 15, 2019 


Are Young Lawyers Less Civilized?, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

Vol. 164, No. 48, March 7, 2018 also featured on the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism, 2Civility Blog, May 18, 2016. 


Who Keeps the Family Pet When Parties Obtain a Divorce, Illinois State Bar Association

ISBA Animal Law Division Newsletter, February 2018 


Alaska: The New Frontier of Pet Custody, American Bar Association

ABA Young Lawyers Division Family Law Newsletter, Spring 2018, Vol. 1, No. 1  


Five Tips for New Lawyers Starting Their Own Practice, Illinois State Bar Association

ISBA Young Lawyers Division Newsletter, June 2017, Vol. 61, No. 6 


What Family Law Practitioners Need to Know About Cyberstalking, Illinois State Bar Association 

ISBA Family Law Division Newsletter, May 2017, Vol. 60, No. 10


Five Traits of a Successful Family Law Attorney, Illinois State Bar Association (co-authored with Umberto Davi) ISBA Family Law Division Newsletter, April 2017, Vol. 60, No. 9


Understanding the Fundamentals of Pet Trusts, American Bar Association

ABA Young Lawyers Division Family Law Newsletter, Winter 2017, Vol. 1, No. 1 


Five Shocking Divorce Statistics, American Bar Association

ABA Young Lawyers Division Family Law Newsletter, Winter 2017, Vol. 1, No. 1 


Marie Sarantakis Interviews Celebrity Divorce Attorney Randall Kessler, Illinois State Bar Association, ISBA Young Lawyers Division Newsletter, February 2017, Vol. 61, No. 3 


Eight Quick Tips for Drafting Family Law Complaints, American Bar Association

ABA Young Lawyers Division Family Law Newsletter, Fall 2016, Vol. 1, No. 1


Five Ways to Enhance Your Credentials as a Family Law Practitioner, American Bar Association 

ABA Young Lawyers Division Family Law Newsletter, Fall 2016, Vol. 1, No. 1


Announcing the New ISBA Website for Young Lawyers, Illinois State Bar Association

ISBA Young Lawyers Division Newsletter, October 2016, Vol. 61, No. 2


A New Option for New Lawyers: Your New Downtown Office, Illinois State Bar Association

ISBA Young Lawyers Division Newsletter, August 2016, Vol. 61, No. 1


Remembering Justice Thomas Fitzgerald, Illinois State Bar Association

ISBA Bench & Bar Newsletter, June 2016 Vol. 46, No. 9 


ISBA BOG & Assembly Approve Proposed Amendment to Rule 711, Lake County Bar Association 

The Docket, Volume 23, May 2016


Justinians Donate Over $7,000 at Children's Endowment Dinner, Justinian Society of Lawyers

Justinian Society Newsletter, Spring 2016 


ISBA Approves Proposed 711 Rules, Justinian Society of Lawyers

Justinian Society Newsletter, Spring 2016 


Ten Changes in Family Law Practitioners Need to Know in 2016: A Brief Summary of Modifications to the IMDMA, ISBA Family Law Newsletter, December 2015, Vol. 59, No. 6


Eight Tips for Law Students Taking the MPRE, Illinois State Bar Association

ISBA Young Lawyers Division Newsletter, December 2015, Vol. 60, No. 3


How to Use LinkedIn to It’s Maxiumum Potential, Illinois State Bar Association (co-authored with Erin Wilson), ISBA Young Lawyers Division Newsletter, December 2015, Vol. 60, No. 3


Five Methods to Transcend from Zealous to Zen,Womens Bar Association of Illinois

Women’s Bar Association of Illinois Newsletter, Fall 2015


Your Law Review Article was Rejected. Now What?, Illinois State Bar Association

ISBA Young Lawyers Division Newsletter, August 2015, Vol. 60, No. 1


Taking the “Me” Out of Mediation, Ms. JD

Ms. JD Blog, March 29, 2015


Is Law School Worth the Investment?, Illinois State Bar Association

ISBA Young Lawyers Division Newsletter, Fall 2014


Five Things I Wish I Had Known as a First-Year Law Student, Illinois State Bar Association

ISBA Young Lawyers Division Newsletter, February 2014, Vol. 58, No. 4


Five Simple Rules to Protect Your Reputation as a Law Student, Illinois State Bar Association

ISBA Young Lawyers Division Newsletter, Summer 2013


Essentially Raw, Adrikos Media Press

Raw Food Guide, Amazon.com Top 100 Best-Selling E-Books (Summer 2012)


Aging Millennials: Predictions on the Progression of Public Policy Regarding Same-Sex Civil Liberties, WSA, Sociological Imagination, Spring 2011, Volume 47

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SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS & CLE PRESENTATIONS

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ISBA Quick Takes Video, Five Tips for Handling Your First Divorce Case

(May 1, 2019) 


ISBA Quick Takes Video, Social Media Marketing for Attorneys 

(April 20, 2019)


DuPage County Bar Association, Law Day, Presentation at Glenn Westlake Middle School (April 17, 2019)


The John Marshall Law School, MELSA, Sisters-in-Law Female Career Panel 

(March 5, 2019) 


ISBA Senior Lawyers CLE, Computers for Seniors: The Next Step, College of DuPage 

(May 18, 2018)


DCBA Young Lawyers Committee, Building Your Book of Business, Wheaton, Illinois 

(May 17, 2018)


ABA National Teleconference Family Law, Shared Parenting Time Legislation - Does Fair Mean Equal? 

(April 23, 2018) 


College of DuPage Paralegal Program, Generational Differences and Shifting Employer Needs in Law Firms 

(April 4, 2018) 


ISBA Family Law CLE Roundtable, Session 5 on Property Division, Chicago, IL 

(May 18, 2017) 


Impact Makers Radio, “Let’s Talk Divorce” Tips for Spouses Preparing for Litigation 

(April 27, 2017) 


The John Marshall Law School, ISBA Law Day, Bar Leaders Panel 

(March 30, 2017) 


ISBA Family Law CLE Roundtable, Session 4 on Defense of Allegations of Serious Child Endangerment, Chicago, IL 

(March 2, 2017) 


 The John Marshall Law School Children & Family Law Society, Funny Business: Effectively Using Humor in Lawyer Marketing, Chicago, IL 

(February 27, 2017)


ISBA Family Law CLE Roundtable, Session 3 Impeachment of Expert Witnesses, Chicago, IL 

(January 26, 2017) 



ISBA Family Law CLE Roundtable, Session 2 on Admissions Offered Prior to Trial, Chicago, IL 

(November 17, 2016) 


Wilmot Union High School Career Panel, Wilmot, WI 

(October 14, 2016) 


ISBA Family Law CLE Roundtable, Session 1 on Pleadings, Chicago, IL 

(September 14, 2016) 


Featured guest on Fox News Radio – The Dr. Don Show 

(2014) 


Society for the Scientific Study of Religion Annual Meeting, Milwaukee, WI 

(2011) 


Association for the Sociology of Religion Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, NV 

(2011) 


Wisconsin Sociological Association Joint Conference, La Crosse, WI 

(2011) 


Wisconsin Political Science Association, Milwaukee, WI 

(2011) 


Wisconsin Institute of Peace & Conflict Resolution Studies Conference, Fon du Lac, WI (2009) 

AWARDS & HONORS

2019 – Rising Star - Super Lawyers of Illinois by Thomson Reuters


2018 – National Association of Distinguished Counsel - Fellow


2018 – Rising Star - Super Lawyers of Illinois by Thomson Reuters


2017 – National Family Law Academy – Top 10 Family Law Attorneys Under 40 (Illinois)

 

2016 - CALI Excellence for the Future Award – White Collar Crime


2015 – Public Interest Advocate Award, Diversity Scholarship Foundation 


2015 – Anthony J. Fornelli Emerging Leaders Award, Justinian Society of Lawyers


2014 - CALI Excellence for the Future Award – Constitutional Law


2014 - CALI Excellence for the Future Award – Evidence 

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CIVIC ACTIVITIES

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 Illinois  Lawyers’ Assistance Program, Associate Board Member, 2016 – Present


Illinois  Legal Aid Online, Young Professionals Board Member, 2013 – Present


Orphans  of the Storm, Off-Site Adoption Event Volunteer, 2012 – 2014


Daughters  of Penelope, Member, 2012 - 2013


Kenosha  Public Museums, Paleontology Docent, 2009 – 2011


Big  Brothers, Big Sisters of Lake County, Mentor, 2006 – 2008

MEMBERSHIPS

American Bar Association, 2012 - Present


  • Vice-Chair, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice – Automobile Litigation Committee, 2019 -2020
  • Vice Chair, ABA Solo, Small Firm, and General Practice Division Family Law Committee, 2019 -2020
  • Appointed Member, ABA Solo, Small Firm, and General Practice Division Pro Bono and Public Service Committee, 2019 – 2020
  • Vice Chair, ABA Solo, Small Firm, and General Practice Division Technology & Resource Center Committee, 2019 - 2020
  • Co-Chair, ABA Young Lawyers Division |Solo, Small Firm, & Gen Practice Division, 2019 - 2020
  • Chair, ABA Solo, Small Firm, and General Practice Division Family Law Committee, 2018-2019
  • Chair,ABA Young Lawyers Division Child & the Law Committee, 2018 – 2019
  • Committee Liaison, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice – Automobile Litigation Committee, 2018 – 2019
  • Young Lawyer Representative Appointment to the Outreach to Young Lawyers Standing Committee, 2018 – 2019
  • Committee Liaison, GP Solo/Fam Law Section Working Group on Alimony Deductibility, 2018
  • Co-Chair, ABA Solo, Small Firm, and General Practice Division Family Law Committee, 2017 -2018
  • Fellow, ABA Solo, Small Firm, and General Practice Division, 2017 - 2018
  • Co-Chair,ABA Young Lawyers Division Family Law Committee, 2017 - 2018
  • Vice Chair, ABA Young Lawyers Division Family Law Committee, 2016
  • Content Editor, Young Lawyers Division Family Law Newsletter, 2016- 2017
  • State & Local Bar Outreach (Executive Appointment), 2016
  • 7th Circuit Lieutenant Governor, Law Student Division, 2015


Association for Conflict Resolution, 2015 

  • Member, Chicago Chapter, 2015


Chicago Bar Association, 2012 - Present

  • Chair, Law Student Division, 2016 – 2018


Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois, 2018 - Present

  • Fellow,2018 - Present


Cook County Bar Association, 2017 – 2018


Decalogue Society of Lawyers, 2017 – Present


DuPage Association of Women Lawyers, 2016 - 2017


DuPage County Bar Association, 2015 - Present

  • Judge William Bauer Scholarship Recipient, 2015
  • DuPage County Bar Foundation, 2019 - Present
  • Board of Directors, 2019 
  • DuPage Legal Assistance Foundation, 2018 
  • Judges’ Night Committee, 2018


Hellenic Bar Association of Illinois, 2011 - 2016

  • Law Student Scholarship Recipient, 2014


Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2017 – Present


Illinois Bar Foundation, 2017 

  • Lawyers Rock Event Committee , 2017
  • Bronze Fellow


Illinois Legal Aid Online, 2013 - Present

  • Young Professionals Board Member, 2013 – Present
  • Host Committee Member, ILAO 7th Annual Fundraising Gala,  2017 


Illinois Lawyers Assistance Program, 2016 - Present

  • Chair, ALT-NET Group, 2018 – Present
  • Associate Board Member, 2016 – Present
  • Trained Intervention Volunteer, 2016 - Present


Illinois Real Estate Lawyers Association, 2017 – Present


Illinois State Bar Association, 2012 - Present

  • Assembly Member (Elected), 2017 – Present
  • Chair, Exploratory Committee on Fundraising Efforts, Young Lawyers Division, 2017 – 2019
  • Co-Chair, YLD Speed Networking Planning Committee, 2017 
  • Delegate, American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, 2017 – Present
  • Mentor, Young Lawyers Division, 2017 
  • Volunteer, Law Related Education Committee, Lawyers in the Classroom, 2017 - Present
  • Volunteer, Law Related Education Committee, Mock Trial Tournaments, 2016 - Present
  • Committee Member (Appointed by the President), Young Lawyers Division, 2014 – Present
  • Newsletter Editor, Young Lawyers Division, 2015 – Present
  • Law Student Committee Co-Chair, Young Lawyers Division, 2016 – 2018
  • Committee Member (Appointed by the President), Task Force on Rule 711, 2015 - 2017
  • Social Media Content Editor, ISBA President’s Page - Facebook, 2015 - 2016
  • Committee Member (Appointed by the President), Family Law Section Council, 2015-2016
  • Law Student Representative, The John Marshall Law School, 2014 – 2016


Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2016 – 2017

  • Winter Social Committee, 2017


International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, 2017 – Present


 The John Marshall Law School Alumni Association, 2015 – 2019

  • Director – 2017 - 2019
  • Board of Trustees - Student Liaison Committee, 2015 – 2016
  • Freedom & Distinguished Service Award Committee, 2015


The John Marshall Law School Children & Family Law Society, 2017 – 2018

  • Alumni Relations Chair, 2017 - 2018


Justinian Society of Lawyers – Cook County, 2013 - Present

  • JMLS Law Student Chapter President, 2014 - 2015
  • Law Student Scholarship Recipient, 2013 & 2014


Justinian Society of Lawyers – DuPage County, 2016 – 2017


Kane County Bar Association, 2016 – 2018


Lake County Bar Association, 2014 – 2016


National Association of Women Lawyers, 2014 – 2015


National Italian American Bar Association, 2016 - 2017


Northwest Suburban Bar Association, 2013, 2016, 2018


McHenry County Bar Association, 2014 – 2015


Phi Delta Phi International Honor Society, 2013 - Present

  • Chief Magister, Stevens Inn, 2014 – 2015
  • Balfour Scholarship Recipient, 2015


State Bar of Wisconsin, 2014 - 2017

  • Family Law Executive Board Liaison, 2014 – 2015


West Suburban Bar Association, 2017 – Present

  • Board of Governors, 2017 - Present


Will County Bar Association, 2014 – 2015


Women’s Bar Association of Illinois, 2013 - Present


  • Committee Member, Top Women Lawyers in Leadership Awards, 2016
  • Committee Member, Community Outreach and Access to Justice, 2016 
  • Social Media Content Editor, Facebook, 2015 - 2016
  • Lead Co-Chair, Communications & Social Media Committee, 2015 – 2016

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CERTIFICATIONS & TRAINING

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Chicago Volunteer Legal Services, GAL for Minors (Guardianship) Training, 2019


DuPage County Bar Association, Joseph Mirabella, Jr. Domestic Relations Trial Advocacy Program, 2019 


DuPage County Bar Association, Guardian ad Litem Training, 2018 


DuPage County Bar Association, Comprehensive Arbitrator Training, 2017 


Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois, Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice Training, 2017


Women’s Bar Association of Illinois, Leadership Institute, 2016


Center For Conflict Resolution, 40-hour Mediation Training, 2015 


Junior Statesmen of America, Georgetown University Summer Institute,  2007