Location: Aurora. Oak Park
Lorena earned her B. A. in Psychology and Legal Studies from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois in 2009. While at Northwestern, Lorena was first exposed to family law through her Legal Studies Program and she was immediately taken by the importance and complexity of this area of law. From there she attended the Loyola University of Chicago School of Law where family law naturally dominated her focus.
At Loyola, Lorena applied for and was accepted into the elite Child Law Trial Intensive Program and she put this training to good use at the Loyola Community Law Center. Lorena there provided legal representation to indigent clients consistent with the Jesuit principle of making a difference for others and, as a result of her excellent work, earned the CALI Award for Excellence awarded to the top student in her class.
Lorena’s academic talent showed itself in other areas of law school as well. She was selected as a research assistant for the school’s Dean of Academic Affairs and she earned a second CALI Award for being the top student in her Criminal Procedure Investigation class. These successes, however, did not distract Lorena from her family law passion. She volunteered as a Legal Education Teacher at the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center and worked throughout law school for a nearby family law attorney.
In 2015, Lorena Galvez sought employment with a larger, more established Law Office devoted only to divorce and family law and she happily found Wakenight & Associates, P.C. Here, she focuses her practice exclusively in the area of divorce and family law. Lorena handles custody and child support issues, visitation, paternity, orders of protection, guardianship matters, post-decree litigation, the division of marital assets and dissolution proceedings. Lorena is a compassionate and zealous advocate for her clients but understands the emotional toll that often times accompanies family law issues and strives to reach an efficient resolution while minimizing the emotional hardship of the process where possible.
Lorena is fluent in Spanish. She serves as the Programming Chair of the Latino Alumni of Northwestern University Board and in March of 2015 was a guest speaker on the family law legal segment on Univision News.
AREAS OF PRACTICE
· Divorce and Family Law including but not limited to the following:
- Divorce, Paternity, Custody, Guardianship, Removal, Child Support, Maintenance, Property Division, Visitation, Parenting Time, Post-Decree Litigation, Grandparents Rights, Etc.
- Illinois, 2014
Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Chicago, Illinois
- J.D. - 2014
- Certificate in Child and Family Law
- Certificate in Trial Advocacy
· Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
- B.A. - 2009
- Major: Psychology and Legal Studies
HONORS AND AWARDS
- CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Loyola University Community Law Center
- CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Criminal Procedure: Investigation
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS
- American Bar Association (ABA)
- Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA)
- Chicago Bar Association (CBA)
- Du Page County Bar Association (DCBA)
- Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois (HLAI)
- Women’s Bar Association of Illinois (WBAI)
- Sigma Lambda Gamma