Alumni Attorney Talks

Alumni Attorney Talks is a virtual series which aims to provide prospective law students with helpful insights about attending law school and pursuing a legal career. This series features interviews with University of Illinois alumni working in a variety of diverse settings within the legal profession.

Featuring: Judge Katherine Kern

Judge Kern is a Federal Administrative Judge with the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board.  The Merit Systems Protection Board examines important issues related to the federal workforce. The Board is an independent, quasi-judicial agency in the Executive branch that serves as the guardian of Federal merit systems.  The mission of the MSPB is to “Protect the Merit System Principles and promote an effective Federal workforce free of Prohibited Personnel Practices.” 

To learn more about the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board visit their website: U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board (

Quick facts about Judge Kern:

    • Law School: University of Illinois College of Law
    • UIUC Undergraduate Major: Political Communications
    • Judge Kern’s Three Words to Describe an Attorney:

Representative | Story-Teller | Officer-of-the-Court

Be sure to check out this insightful interview!