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Chief of Staff to First Lady to Address Law Grads

Tina Tchen to deliver convocation address at Northwestern’s School of Law

CHICAGO --- Tina Tchen, chief of staff to first lady Michelle Obama, will deliver the main convocation address at Northwestern University School of Law, her alma mater, at 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 15, at the Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State St., Chicago.

A 1984 graduate of the School of Law, Tchen has served as an assistant to President Barack Obama and chief of staff to the First Lady since 2011.

Following her graduation from the Law School, Tchen spent 25 years at the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. She was a partner at Skadden for 13 years before being appointed to the Obama administration.

In addition to her role as chief of staff to the First Lady, Tchen also currently serves as the executive director for the White House Council on Women and Girls.

Tchen was honored with the Dawn Clark Netsch Public Service Award at Northwestern Law’s 2014 Alumni Awards luncheon, where she was introduced by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. 

She is the recipient of many honors, including the Leadership Award from the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois (1999), a Women of Achievement award from the Anti-Defamation League (1996) and Chicago Lawyer’s 1994 Person of the Year. 

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