The 1994 cum laude graduate placed nationally in the National Products Liability
Competition. MacLachlan also was a member of the ABA Criminal Justice Trial Advocacy Team
in 1993, and the Regional Negotiations Team in 1993. MacLachlan also was a Dean's
Scholar, a member of the Order of John Marshall, the 1994 recipient of The John Marshall
Law School Award for Public Service, and the 1992 Ewing Fellowship of Alpha Chi Omega for
Academic Achievement in Law. She was the student representative to the Chicago Inn of
Court, a membership she still holds. After graduating from John Marshall, MacLachlan was
an Assistant Corporation Counsel for eight years, prosecuting criminal misdemeanors and
Chicago ordinance violations in the Municipal Prosecutions Division of the City's
Law Department. 

She also assisted in the implementation of the federally funded Drug and Gang House
Enforcement Section pilot program. In the DGHES unit, MacLachlan worked closely with the
Chicago Police Department in investigating and prosecuting Chicago property owners and
managers who permitted illegal gang or narcotics activity to occur on their property. As
a result of her efforts, MacLachlan was invited to present on this topic at international
municipal attorneys conferences. 

MacLachlan was later promoted to senior trial supervisor for the Mayor's License
Commission, overseeing a staff of 16 attorneys, law clerks, and support staff. In this
capacity MacLachlan investigated and prosecuted narcotic and other vice-related
violations of state statute and municipal ordinance under the Liquor Control Act,
resulting in the revocation of liquor and other business-related licenses issued by the
City of Chicago. This position also involved extensive client counseling, trial training
of junior attorneys and law clerks, trial and negotiation strategies, and the overseeing
of all litigation handled by the unit. 

MacLachlan currently teaches a popular Animal Law course, is the faculty advisor to the
Animal Law Society (SALDF), and has coached John Marshall teams to five first-place
awards at the Animal Advocacy Closing Argument Competition at Harvard Law School.
MacLachlan also teaches Transnational Legal Negotiation and Mediation, Trial Advocacy,
and oversees the school's new LLM in Trial Advocacy and Dispute Resolution program.
She is also the Vice President of the Illinois State Native American Bar Association and
a former member of the Board of Directors for the Animal Legal Defense Fund.