SANDRA P. ZEMM LABOR
LAW 2015 Winner
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
Institute for Law and the Workplace
Sandra Zemm was a partner in the Labor and Employment
Department at Seyfarth Shaw's Chicago office. Ms. Zemm
passed away in 2008 after a long battle with cancer. Her
family, friends, and colleagues created the Sandra Zemm
Prize to honor her.
The Sandra P. Zemm Prize in Labor and Employment Law is
awarded annually to a graduating student in Chicago-Kent's
Labor/Employment Law program who embodies Ms. Zemm's "commitment
to a career in labor and employment law, pioneer spirit
and willingness to take the initiative, and gracious and
generous attitude toward helping those in need."
We are delighted to announce that this year's Sandra Zemm
Prize is awarded to Samantha Dudzinski. Ms. Dudzinski
embodies the qualities that made Ms. Zemm so special.
First, her help for those in need has been demonstrated
since early in her law school career through her work
with CARPLS as a student volunteer, her work with Chicago-Kent's
Society of Women in Law, and her membership in the Labor
and Employment Law Society. Along the path to graduation,
Ms. Dudzinski demonstrated her commitment to a career
in Labor and Employment law by clerking for a firm that
does Workers' Compensation law, as well as working in
Chicago-Kent's Employment Discrimination Clinic. She serves
this year as Secretary of the Labor and Employment Law
Society here at Chicago-Kent, and has been instrumental
in organizing presentations by the student Labor/Employment
Law Society, including a recent faculty debate on whether
the football players at Northwestern University are "employees"
under the NLRA. Ms. Dudzinski is generous with her time
in talking with first-year students and prospective students
interested in Labor and Employment Law; her enthusiasm
for Labor and Employment Law is a powerful incentive for
As in past years, the faculty of the Institute for Law
and the Workplace are impressed with the achievements
and generosity of so many of our graduating students.
It has been a privilege to work with you all.
LELS Executive Board
Seth Kennedy- President
Michael Adler- Vice President of External Affairs
Vice President of Internal Affairs