Gianna Scatchell


Gianna Scatchell

Gianna Scatchell attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she double majored in Speech Communication and Spanish. She obtained her Bachelor’s of Arts on May 2006. She excelled academically and was on Dean’s List every semester and received James’ Scholar designation from Spring 2003 to Fall 2006.[1] She received the General Assembly Legislative Scholarship, which was a full scholarship for academic years 2004-2005 and 2005-2006. During her summers, Ms. Scatchell interned at the constituent office of State Senator Don Harmon. Additionally, Ms. Scatchell served as a Teaching Assistant in the Speech Communication Department (Fall 2004 Semester) where she aided the professor in a course based on the impact of social networks on election campaigns.

At the University of Illinois, Ms. Scatchell was a part of several student organizations where she held the following leadership positions: Risk Management Chair (2004) for Kappa Alpha Theta sorority; Peer Tutor Coordinator for Phi Eta Sigma pre-law honor’s fraternity; and Social Chair for Sigma Alpha Lambda Honors Society. Ms. Scatchell additionally authored an article, Women in Law, which appeared in the University of Illinois’ Pre-law Newspaper, the Gavel. She also participated in several charity activities and fundraisers for organizations including: CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for children).

Ms. Scatchell attended the John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Illinois where she received her juris doctorate in May 2009. She became a member of the Illinois Bar in November 2009 and a member of the Federal Bar in January 2011. In January 2012, Ms. Scatchell obtained an LL.M. in International Trade and Business from John Marshall.

While she attended John Marshall, she served as Class Representative for both Phi Alpha Delta Honors Fraternity and the Justinian Society of Italian Lawyers. Additionally, Ms. Scatchell acted as an advisor for both John Marshall’s Summer College for Assessing Legal Education Skills (SCALES) Program and the Justinian Society’s law student mentor program. While in law school, Ms. Scatchell interned and held a 7/11 license at the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office in both the Felony Trial and Traffic (DUI) Divisions for approximately two years. She also worked as a research assistant for Professor Spanbauer (2007-2010) and for Professor Ronald Smith (2007) at John Marshall.

Similarly, Ms. Scatchell has been very active in the Chicago Legal Community. Gianna is one of the founding members of the Illinois Association of Independent Attorneys, an non-profit organization designed to help solo practitioners navigate through the practice of law. Additionally, she has been active in the Women’s Bar Association of Chicago where she was on the planning committee for the WBAI Annual Installation Dinner in 2010. Ms. Scatchell is also a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and the Justinian Society of Italian-American Lawyers. She has been asked to speak at the Illinois State Bar Association on the topic of ethics in legal process outsourcing. She has also been asked to serve on a panel discussing the legal implications of Daily Deal Sites.

Gianna has extensive international experience, having studied and lived with a host family in Granada, Spain for over five months. She is fluent in both spoken and written Spanish and maintains a proficient level in Italian. Last winter, Ms. Scatchell started learning conversational Mandarin.

Ms. Scatchell is an active member in several small business organizations and start-up communities such as the Emerging Business Committee of Chicago and Chicago Summit Series Group. She is also an active participant in the National Summit Series Conferences, which are “invitation-only retreats and discussions focused on business practices, technological innovation, and raising awareness and funds for various charitable causes.”[2] Through these conferences, she continues to hone her skills to keep up with the rapid pace of technology by collaborating with the likes of top executives from some of the world’s most successful start-ups.

Ms. Scatchell has been passionate about technology and Start-ups. In what began as both a hobby and a necessity to defray her own start-up costs, Ms. Scatchell began to learn programming. Currently, she is a proficient in the coding languages of php, html, css, and just began instruction in Python. She has also focused her technical skills on Search Engine Optimization and Social Media Marketing.

Understanding the needs of small business owners and start-ups, Gianna owns a boutique law firm that focuses on the intersection of law and technology to provide consulting for attorneys and professionals to create, manage, and maintain an online presence for their companies or firms. Ms. Scatchell has focused her efforts on issues including: online content strategy, social media E-discovery, social media data forensics, social media compliance, and brand reputation and crisis management. Through her firm, she has volunteered her skills to several different organizations such as the Women’s Bar of Illinois, the Illinois Association of Independent Attorneys, and 21st Century Youth Project[3].

Stemming from the online management of her clients, Ms. Scatchell has been looking at ways to combat online bullying and cybercrime. Accordingly, to better apply her technology background to the practice of law, Ms. Scatchell is completing her second LL.M. in Information Technology and Privacy Law from the John Marshall Law School. She has been asked by the Program Director to assist in researching and rewriting a Bench Book on Privacy Issues for Judges and has been given the opportunity to organize and speak at a John Marshall Seminar to educate attorneys about online reputation risks and how to manage compliance and ethics concerns. Lastly, Gianna has recently consulted with certain law enforcement agencies and schools addressing the unique challenges that technology causes in terms of privacy, compliance, online bullying, and criminal behavior.

[1] http://www.las.illinois.edu/students/honors/james/program/

[2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Summit_Series_(conference)

[3] CPY provides free afterschool programs to teach advanced technology to low and middle income high school student as a path to opportunity for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) careers.

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