Experience: Private Practice June 2009-; Criminal and juvenile defense, also handles mental health, expungements and guardianship issues; Executive Director Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority 2003-June 2009; Directed agency dedicated to improving criminal justice statewide; Oversaw $100M+ criminal justice research and grants; Chaired Illinois Integrated Justice Information Systems Implementation Board; Chaired Task Force for Update of Model Domestic Violence Protocol Served on Illinois Violence Prevention Authority, Illinois Family Violence Coordinating Council, Sex Offender Management Board, City of Chicago Mayor' Domestic Violence; Advisory Coordinating Council, Juvenile Justice ReDeploy Illinois Steering Committee; Governor's Community Safety and Reentry Working Group, Metropolis 2020's Justice; Violence Index Advisory Council, Go to 2040 Crime and Justice Planning Initiative Advisory; Board, State of Illinois/City of Chicago Collaborative on Reentry Advisory Council; Supervisor, Cook County State's Attorney's Office, 1998-2003; Seniors and Persons with Disabilities/Mental Health Divisions; Directed investigation/prosecution of financial exploitation cases, violent crimes, and abuse cases; Supervised civil commitment and forced treatment of mentally ill persons in crisis; Trial Attorney, Cook County State's Attorney's Office 1980-2003; First chair, Felony Trial Courts, 26th and California; Other assignments: post-convictions, Juvenile Court, felony review and preliminary hearings; Tried 50+ felony and civil juries.
Georgetown University Law Center, Juris Doctor, 1980; Georgetown Criminal Justice Clinic, 1979-80; University of Illinois, Bachelor of Science in Journalism, 1977; Managing Editor, The Illio, magazine format college yearbook. Admissions: State of Illinois, 1980; United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 1980; Trial Bar, 1998; Illinois Capital Litigation Trial Bar, Lead Counsel, 2002.
Georgetown University Law Center, Juris Doctor, 1980; Georgetown Criminal Justice Clinic, 1979-80; University of Illinois, Bachelor of Science in Journalism, 1977; Managing Editor, The Illio, magazine format college yearbook. Admissions: State of Illinois, 1980; United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 1980; Trial Bar, 1998; Illinois Capital Litigation Trial Bar, Lead Counsel, 2002. Member: Illinois State Bar Association (Chair, Standing Committee on Continuing Legal Education, 2011-present; Member, 2005-2011; Vice-Chair, Standing Committee on Continuing Legal Education, June 2009-2011; Secretary, Standing Committee on Continuing Legal Education, 2007-2009; Chair, Standing Committee on Mental Health Law, 2002-2003; Vice-Chair, Standing Committee on Mental Health Law, 2001-2002; Secretary, Standing Committee on Mental Health Law, 2000-2001; Standing Committee on Mental Health Law, 1998-2004; Standing Committee on Women and the Law Member, 2007- Criminal Justice Section Council Member, 2005- Elder Law Section Council Member, 2001-2003); American Bar Association (Vice-Chair of Criminal Justice Section Council for Professional Development/CLE, 1997-98; Assistant Secretary of Criminal Justice Section Council, 1988-89; Criminal Justice Section Council member 1988-93; Co-Chair, Legal Problems of the Elderly Committee, Criminal Justice Section, 2006-2010; Chair/Co-Chair, Ad Hoc Committee, Women in Criminal Justice Community, 1998-2006; Liaison from Criminal Justice Section to ABA Commission on Women, 1998-2001; Co-Chair, ABA/American Psychological Association; Symposium on Psychology and Criminal Law, Washington, D.C., October 14-17, 1999); Women's Bar Association of Illinois (President, 2004-2005; First Vice-President, April-May 2004; Second Vice-President, 2003-2004; Treasurer, 2002-2003; Corresponding Secretary, 2001-2002; Board of Directors, 2000-2006; Co-Chair, Annual Dinner, 2003, 2006 and 2009; Co-Chair, Joint Professional Dinner 2000 and 2001; Programming Co-Chair, 1999-2000; Joint WBAI-CBA Elder Women's Task Force, 1999-; Chicago Bar Association (Strategic Planning Committee, 2005-2006; Criminal Law Committee, 2009-; Mental Health Law Committee, 1998-2005):Decalogue Society of Lawyers (Board of Managers, 2011-present, Judicial Reception Committee, 2008 Events Committee, 2009-); Justinian Society of Lawyers; Women's Criminal Defense Bar Association; West Suburban Bar Association; Northwest Suburban Bar Association; North Suburban Bar Association; Illinois Bar Foundation (Grant Review Committee, 2006-); Anshe Emet Synagogue (Volunteer, Night Ministry Feeding the Homeless Project, 2006-); American Jewish Congress-Midwest Region (Governing Council, 1999-2004). Professional Activities: Speaker on issues pertaining to criminal justice, women, elder law, and mental health as well as trial competition evaluator and demonstrator. Highlights include: Women in Criminal Justice: Justice Delivered or Denied? Moderator and Speaker, Illinois State Bar Association, February 25, 2010; Governor's Elder Rights Conference, Moderator and Panelist, July 16, 2009; Women in Criminal Justice, CLE Speaker, Decalogue Society of Lawyers, May 14, 2008; Connecting the Pathways: 1st Annual Collaborative Juvenile Justice Conference, Welcome Address, Springfield, October 31, 2007; Justice for Girls: Delivered or Denied? Moderator, Illinois State Bar Association, October 4, 2007; Supervised Child Visitation & Exchange Services, City of Chicago Mayor's Office on Domestic Violence, Welcome Address, August 30, 2007; Illinois Integrated Justice Information Systems Summit, Welcome Address and Panelist, Naperville, June 2005 and Springfield, June 2007; Women's Bar Association of Illinois Tribute to Justice Mary Ann McMorrow, Master of Ceremonies, July 12, 2006; Female Offenders, Speaker, Illinois State Bar Association's Women and the Law Committee, May 4, 2006; Kids in a Jam, Planning Committee, Illinois State Bar Association, December 8, 2005; Public Safety Public Hearings Moderator, Governor's Community Safety and Re-Entry Group, East St. Louis and Peoria, April and May 2005; Welcome Address, Making Your Own Rain, Women's Bar Association of Illinois, May 18, 2005; Illinois Bar Swearing-In Ceremonies, Speaker as WBAI President, November 2004 and May 2005; Women in Government, Panelist, Women's Bar Association of Illinois, April 20, 2005; Illinois Juvenile Justice, Welcome Address, March 2, 2005; Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Public Innovator Award Luncheon, Acceptance Address on Behalf of the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, November 19, 2004; Legal Rights of Breast Cancer Patients, Welcome Address, American Bar Association-Women's Bar Association of Illinois, October 2004; Bureau of Justice Assistance, Welcome Address, Rave/Club Drugs Seminar, September 20, 2004; Combating Elder Abuse, Organizer and Speaker, Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, Champaign, Illinois, November 5, 2004 and Rosemont, June 10, 2004; Criminal Prosecution in Elder Abuse Cases, Illinois Guardianship Association, Springfield, April 27, 2004; Elder Justice, Luncheon Speaker, Office of the Attorney General, Tinley Park, October 16, 2003; Balance and Restorative Juvenile Justice Summit, Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, Welcome Address, September 25, 2003; Spotting, Prosecuting and Preventing Elder Abuse, Organizer and Moderator, Women's Bar Association of Illinois, February 3, 2003; Mental Health Issues, Illinois State Bar Association and Cook County State's Attorney's Office, Skokie, December 23, 2002; WBAI-CBA Joint Task Force on Elder Women's Issues, Cable TV Program Co-Coordinator, 1999-2001; Governor's Conference on Aging and Human Services, Presenter, Chicago, December 2000; ABA/American Psychological Association Symposium on Psychology and Criminal Law Symposium Co-Chair, Washington, D.C., October 14-17,1999; Cook County Sheriff's Law Enforcement Award, Recipient, April 1996; National Criminal Justice Trial Advocacy Competition, Juror, Final Competition, 1992, 1996,1997, 2000 and 2002; Courtroom TV, California v. Erik and Lyle Menendez, Guest Commentator, August 12,1993.
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