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EDUCATION: Northern Illinois University College of Law-JD 1989
DePaul University-MA Sociology 1986
DePaul University-BA Political Science 1983
The Immaculata High School-Diploma 1979
LICENSE: Member of Illinois Bar- 1990
Member of Federal Trial Bar-1990
Member of the United States District Court-Northern District
Member of the United States District Court- Central District
EMPLOYMENT: Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County-October 3, 2011
Assigned to Traffic Court in the Daley Center, Chicago, IllinoisIllinois Secretary of State – August 2006-September 30, 2011-Legal Advisor:
Agency representative and Hearing Officer at administrative hearings in area of DUI   and financial responsibility after an uninsured accident.Office of the Illinois Attorney General, Assistant Attorney General-Policy Division  March 2005- July 2006:
Policy Advisor with primary focus on Sex Offenders.Illinois Department of Corrections- Chief Legal Counsel February 2003-March
Supervised eight lawyers and other staff.  Drafted legislation, oversaw agency litigation, trained staff on new laws, trained parole agents on search and seizure issues, drafted policy for the agency and attended senior staff meetings.  Spoke to local bar associations on sentence calculation issues and contacting clients while incarcerated.Office of the Illinois Attorney General, Assistant Attorney General-General Law Division 1989-2003:
Worked as a staff attorney handling various cases in state court in the Chancery and Municipal Divisions. Appeared at Illinois Court of Claims hearings.  Also handled federal civil rights cases in the United States District Court for the Northern and Central Districts.  Supervised seven lawyers assigned to the Department of Corrections Unit while maintaining my own caseload. Tried over thirty jury cases in Federal Court involving the defense of civil rights alleged violations.Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County-Deputy Clerk 1980-1986:
Worked as a courtroom clerk in the Domestic Relations, Municipal and Law Divisions.
Professional Associations: Chicago Bar Association-Member
Federal Trial Bar-Member
Woman’s Bar Association-Member
Advocate’s Society-Member
Justinian Society-Member
Professional Accomplishments: Tried over 30 federal jury trials.
Awards: Alumnae of the Year-NIU College of Law 2004
Winner Best Brief Moot Court 1988
Winner Best Oral Advocate Moot Court 1988
Winning Team Moot Court 1988
Professional Bar Ratings: Chicago Bar Assoc.-Qualified
Asian American Bar Assoc.-Qualified
Women’s Bar Assoc.-Recommended
Lesbian/Gay Bar Assoc.- Recommended
Illinois State Bar Assoc.- Qualified
Puerto Rican Bar Assoc.-Recommended
Decalogue Society -Recommended
Cook County Bar Assoc.- Recommended
Black Women Lawyers-Recommended