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Cristina Alma McNeiley counsels clients on labor and employment matters, including drafting policies and handbooks, preparing presentations for client trainings and counseling, and drafting employment agreements. She has experience conducting extensive legal research and preparing memoranda related to commercial litigation, labor and employment, and associations and foundations.

Cristina also has deep litigation experience, having engaged in commercial litigation for large institutional clients in the pharmaceutical and insurance industries. She has drafted and revised large vendor contracts and cancellation letters for major associations and foundations.

Capabilities

Experience

  • Judicial Extern, Hon. Judge Ruben Castillo, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 2018
  • Intern and Student Worker, Indiana Legal Services, Inc., Immigrants & Language Rights Center, 2016-2017

Recognition & Leadership

  • Regional Champion, Constance Baker Motley Midwest Mock Trial Competition, 2020
  • Third Place, Constance Baker Motley National Mock Trial Competition, 2020
  • Member, The Justice Renewal Initiative, Inc. (JRI), 2020-Present
    • Young Professional’s Council, 2020-Present
    • Community Partnership Task Force, 2020-Present
  • Member, Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois, 2020-Present
  • Member, Hispanic National Bar Association, 2020-Present
  • Member, Chicago Bar Association, 2020-Present
  • Member, Illinois Bar Association, 2020-Present
  • Alumni Member, National Black Law Students Association, 2020-Present
  • Founding Committee and Vice Chair, Butler University Latinx Alumni Association, 2021-Present
  • Volunteer, Instituto del Progreso Latino, 2017-2020
  • Volunteer, Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center, 2018-2020
  • Volunteer ESL Tutor, Corazón a Corazón, 2020-Present
  • Volunteer, Be My Eyes, 2017-Present

Credentials

Education
  • J.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law, 2020
    • Certificate in Labor and Employment Law
    • Student Editor, Employee Rights & Employment Policy Journal
  • B.A., Criminology, high honors, Butler University, 2017
Admissions
  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
Languages
  • Spanish, Conversational