Virginia Kendall

Visiting Lecturer in Law and Peter and Patricia Gruber Fellow in Women's Rights

(fall term)


The Honorable Virginia Kendall is a Visiting Lecturer in Law and the Peter and Patricia Gruber Fellow in Women's Rights at Yale Law School and United Stated District Court Judge in the Northern District of Illinois.

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Virginia Kendall

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Faculty Assistant


Barbara Consiglio

Education & Curriculum Vitae


J.D., Loyola University School of Law, 1992

M.A., Northwestern University, 1987

B.A., Northwestern University, 1984

Courses Taught


  • Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking

The Honorable Virginia Kendall is a Visiting Lecturer in Law and the Peter and Patricia Gruber Fellow in Women's Rights at Yale Law School and United States District Court Judge in the Northern District of Illinois. She has sat by designation numerous times with the Seventh, Ninth, and Federal Circuit Courts of Appeal. Prior to her appointment, she worked for more than ten years as an Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office in Chicago where she was Deputy Chief in the Criminal Division, Child Exploitation Coordinator, Project Safe Neighborhoods Coordinator, and tried dozens of jury trials. Judge Kendall lectures extensively both domestically and internationally in the areas of public corruption, corporate supply chain compliance, human rights, especially in relation to human trafficking and crimes against women and children, and ethics.  Judge Kendall is the co-author of Child Exploitation and Trafficking: Examining the Global Challenges and the U.S. Responses (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2016) and author of numerous articles. Judge Kendall serves as an Advisor to the drafting of a Model Penal Code on Sexual Offenses and as an editor to Litigation Magazine.  She serves as one of the United States representatives on the UNODC's Judicial Integrity Network and has served on the Judicial Codes of Conduct Committtee for the Administrative Office of the Courts.  Judge Kendall has traveled through the State Department, the Department of Justice, and various nonprofit organizations to more than 30 countries to teach judges about public corruption, crimes against women, and human trafficking.  Judge Kendall received her J.D. from Loyola University School of Law and B.A. and M.A. degrees from Northwestern University.