I am pleased to announce my candidacy for Judge in the 6th Subcircuit of Cook County. I have lived in Chicago for almost 19 years and am currently a resident of the Bucktown neighborhood. I am a proud single mom to two active kids who are State and Nationally ranked Judo athletes with the Menomonee Judo Club and Paralympic Training Center National Judo Team. They are enrolled in the Chicago Public School system where we participate in fundraising efforts for our school. I also contribute to Dare2tri Paratriatholon Club and SCOPE. My children participate in music and theater activities in Humboldt Park and with the Jets Youth Hockey Club. I have been part of the fundraising team for Chicago Jets Hockey to provide scholarships to youth looking to play hockey.
I attended Indiana University earning a Bachelor’s degree in both Psychology and Criminal Justice. Following graduation I attended law school right here in Chicago at DePaul University College of Law.
I have been practicing law for over 15 years and have spent most of that time as an attorney in the Cook County Public Defender’s Office. I am proud to have represented people throughout Cook County charged with criminal cases who are unable to afford their own counsel. Currently, I am assigned to the Homicide Task Force within the Cook County Public Defender’s office. I have represented clients on a variety of cases ranging from Driving Under the Influence to Murder. During the course of my career I have tried almost 200 criminal cases, including over 20 Homicide cases. I have seen first hand the benefits of the Restorative Justice Programs and the need to increase their availability. I am a member of the AFSCME Local 3315 Union.
I have taught trial advocacy state wide through The Office of the State Appellate Defender (OSAD). I have been involved in the Lawyers in the Class Room, teaching middle school aged children at a Chicago Public School about Constitutional Law. I have been found Qualified or Recommended by all evaluating Bar Associations.
My dedication to public service and legal experience I believe qualifies me as an excellent candidate for the Judiciary.