Our Team

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Jamie Thomas-Ward

Director (JD, MS)

Jamie Thomas-Ward

Jamie is the Director of Pre-Law Advising Services, a position she has held since 2008. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She earned her Juris Doctor degree Magna Cum Laude from Northern Illinois University College of Law and was admitted to the Illinois bar in 2002. Jamie’s legal practice specialized in real estate transactions, corporate law, and municipal issues. After practicing law, she obtained her Master of Science degree in Education from Illinois State University to follow her passion for working in higher education. Jamie is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Political Science, teaching law-related courses.

Jamie is currently serving on the board of the Midwest Association of Pre-Law Advisors (MAPLA). She is also an active member of Leadership Illinois. In her free time, she enjoys travel, Zumba, reading, and cooking.

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Judy Argentieri


Judy Argentieri

Judy Argentieri is an attorney who practiced law in Washington, D.C., and Chicago before moving to Champaign. During her career, she has worked for AT&T Wireless, AT&T Corporation, the Federal Communications Commission, and Nixon, Hargrave, Devans, and Doyle. She received her Law degree from Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, Georgia. She completed her undergraduate work at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree, Cum Laude, in History with Distinction in All Subjects. She is admitted to the bar in Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Illinois.

Judy lives in Champaign and joined Pre-Law Advising Services in November of 2008.




Lydia Faklis

Graduate Assistant


Lydia Faklis is a 2L at the College of Law, and she is a native of Palos Park, IL. Lydia completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, majoring in English and minoring in both Business and Communication. Lydia spent her undergraduate summers working as an intern at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law’s Center on Wrongful Convictions and at the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Lydia completed two externships her 1L summer with a federal judge in Chicago and also at Chicago Volunteer Legal Services.