PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Private Practice, Oak Park, IL
2003 – Present
Child Representative

Represent children in Domestic Relations Division as appointed by Judges from qualified Child Representative List. Have been appointed as Child Representative or Guardian Ad Litem in over 150 cases involving child custody issues within marriage dissolution and parentage cases.
 

Office of the Public Guardian of Cook County, Chicago, IL
1993 – 2003
 

Child Representative, Domestic Relations
1999 - 2003

Advocated for the child(ren)’s best interest after reviewing the facts and circumstances of the case.  Interviewed children, parents and interested parties.  Investigated allegations, participated in litigation, conducted settlement conferences.
 

Special Litigation Unit
1995 - 1999

Represented wards of the court in Civil Rights actions.  Investigated potential civil rights actions, drafted pleadings, organized and reviewed extensive discovery documents, consulted expert witnesses, conducted depositions, participated in settlement conferences, prepared witnesses, assisted in trial preparation and trial.
 

Assistant Public Guardian II
1995

In addition to responsibilities of Assistant Public Guardian I, frequently supervised a courtroom of attorneys, assigned cases, delegated courtroom responsibilities and consulted with attorneys on decision making and trial strategy.
 

Assistant Public Guardian I
1993 - 1995

Represented abused and neglected children in juvenile court, managed a case load in excess of 300 cases.  Extensive courtroom experience including trials, motion practice and emergency hearings.  Conducted direct and cross examination of lay and expert witnesses.  Resolved conflicts through pre-trial negotiations and administrative mediations.  Consulted with experts in the medical and mental health professions.  Extensive client contact with children of all ages.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Thrive Counseling Center of Oak Park and River Forest, Oak Park, IL
Board Chair - since Nov., 2017
Board Member - since 2014

Horace Mann Elementary School, Oak Park, IL
2005 2010 P.T.O. Board Co-President  2007-2009
P.T.O. Board Member  2005-2010

Amate House Board of Directors, Chicago, IL
Volunteer Program for the Archdiocese of Chicago.  2003-2006.

Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Volunteer, Chicago, IL
Interviewed clients, prepared pleadings, filed cases, appeared in court, negotiated with opposing counsel, drafted wills and conducted research.  1992-1993

The Jesuit Volunteer Corps, Minneapolis, MN
Catholic Charities, Social Worker.  Staffed and facilitated the operation of a drop-in center which served 400 meals and 600 clients daily.  Developed and supervised programs for a library, hygiene and child care.  Supervised college interns and neighborhood volunteers.  1986-1987

EDUCATION

DEPAUL UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF LAW, Chicago, IL
Juris Doctor, 1993

  • Selected as Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) Intern, May, 1992
  • Public Interest Law Association President, 1992-1993
  • Advanced Coursework in:  Poverty Law, Family Law, Marital Dissolution, Mental Health and the Homeless

LOYOLA UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO, Chicago, IL
B.A. with Honors, 1986

AFFILIATIONS

  • Member, Chicago Bar Association
  • Member, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts