McKensie N. Villarreal


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McKensie Villarreal "Kensie" is an associate at Novack and Macey LLP where she works on general commercial litigation matters. 

Prior to joining the firm, Kensie served as a judicial law clerk for the Third District Appellate Court of Illinois where she prepared appellate orders and pre-argument memoranda, edited and evaluated legal analyses, and drafted opinions and orders in both criminal and civil law cases. Preceding Kensie’s clerkship, she worked at the San Antonio Immigration Court as an Attorney Advisor for the Department of Justice, a position acquired through the Attorney General's Honors Program, where she drafted opinions for 13 federal immigration judges. 

Kensie earned her law degree from the University of Illinois College of Law where she was the only student from her class selected to join the Illinois Cyber Security Scholars Program (ICSSP), a CyberCorps® Scholarship for Service Program funded by the National Science Foundation. During law school, she served as a legal intern at the Illinois Attorney General’s Office where she conducted research and drafted memoranda to support attorneys in the Prisoner Litigation Unit. For two summers, she served as a law clerk at the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (PSHSB) of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in Washington, D.C. 

Kensie is a talented writer and used her skills to work as an assistant instructor at the University of Illinois College of Law where she taught a legal writing and research summer course to matriculating students. She is passionate about helping others and served as the Vice President for the Illinois Public Interest Foundation where she helped students interested in government and nonprofits to raise money for scholarships. She also provided pro bono work through the Student Legal Relief and participated in the Domestic Violence and Immigration Clinic as a 711 licensed attorney at Illinois Law.

  • University of Illinois College of Law, (J.D. 2019), Cum Laude
    CyberCorps full-tuition scholarship by the National Science Foundation 
    Chairman Robert Emmet Lee Scholarship Recipient, Federal Communications Bar Association Foundation
    CALI Excellence for the Future Award 
    Vice President, Illinois Public Interest Law Foundation (2017-2018)

  • Millikin University, (B.A. 2016), Dean's List