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educator , journalist , lawyer

Karen Marie Waters, American journalist, lawyer, educator. Legal scholar DePaul School Law, Chicago, 1994, DePaul scholar, 1994, Mayor's Leadership 2000 scholar, 1994; recipient CALI award for advanced trial advocacy, 1998.


Waters, Karen Marie was born on January 9, 1968 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Daughter of Leon and Mary Ruth (Causey) Waters.


Bachelor of Science in Communications, University of Illinois, Chicago, 1990. Juris Doctor, DePaul University, 1998.


Assistant communications coordinator department of ophthalmology University of Illinois, Chicago, 1988-1989. Staff associate/intern Centel Corporation, 1989. Associate producer Chicago Cable Access Corporation, 1991-1992.

Editorial assistant Morningstar, Chicago, 1991-1992. Director coordinator Pensions and Investments, 1992-1995. Law clerk State's Attorney's Officer, 1995.

Legal assistant Edelman & Combs, Chicago, 1995-1999, Hooks Law Offices, Professional Corporation, Chicago, 1999. Attorney Fagel Haber. Associate Hubert, Fowler & Quinn, Chicago, 2004.

Consultant print journalism Black Media Coalition, Chicago, 1991-1993, Chicago Association Black Journalists, Chicago, since 1993. Advanced trial advocacy instructor DePaul College Law. Member DePaul University Black Law School Association Retention and Recruitment committee, 1996-1997.


  • Other Work

    • Editor: DePaul University College Law International Law Digest.


Member President's Leadership Council, 1989. Volunteer Community Law Project, Chicago, since 1994, Blind Service Association, Chicago, since 1993. Volunteer/assistant chair special Projects Starlight Foundation, Chicago, 1992-1993.

Board directors Habitat for Humanity, Chicago, since 1992. Moot court National Appelate Team. Chair Federal Bar Trial Bar Training Course, Chicago Bar Association, 1999.

Member special projects Federal Bar Association, 1998-1999. Chicago judge Constitutional Rights Foundation, 1999. Member Chicago Association Black Journalists, Black Media Coalition, Cook County Bar Association (chair Young Lawyer's section 1999-2000), Illinois Institute Cont.

Legal Education (co-chair new lawyer advisory committee 2000).


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: painting, jogging, body-building, reading.


Leon Waters

Mary Ruth (Causey) Waters