When you run for office, in my case Judge, you are often asked, “Why do you want this?” It’s complicated, but at the root there has to be a desire to serve your community. That’s all you are, a servant. No matter how big the title or the paycheck your job will be to serve with integrity, compassion, intelligence, and honor. I have found in my career as a Public Defender that the best judges don’t lose sight of the fact that it’s not about them, but about that person standing before them asking to be heard. Their job is to listen closely with an open mind and heart (hopefully) and make a decision.
For 26 plus years, I have practiced criminal and civil law in Cook County. As an attorney with the Public Defender's Office, assigned to the Legal Resources Division, I resolve a myriad of issues: Expedited appeals from the Civil Division of Juvenile Court, felony appeals and post-convictions.
Post-convictions involve analyzing and investigating cases that have reached final decision or come to verdict in the trial courts. My work consists entirely of trying to free individuals who have been wrongfully convicted. The cases I work on include murder, attempted murder, and other felonies of that degree. That said, I have a wealth of legal writing experience.
Becoming a Judge is a challenge I am both qualified and prepared to undertake. I have a deep respect for our legal system and the people that find themselves standing before a Judge. It’s important that the Judge run their courtroom in a way that helps to maintain a person’s dignity. It’s also important that a Judge have the ability to teach. So many people come to court without the foggiest idea of what is expected of them and what the possible penalties are.
My colleagues would describe me as an experienced litigator and excellent listener, who is patient, fair, thoughtful and insightful. My clients know that I am straightforward and am not afraid to make tough decisions. I come to the bench with extensive legal and practical knowledge, compassion, and dignity ready to serve the people.
I am a Democrat. I am an active member of AFSCME Council 31, Local 3315 where I have previously held the position of Steward. I went to Marquette University for both undergrad and Law School. Go Golden Eagles!
Although I was born in Milwaukee, I consider myself a Chicagoan. My husband and I have lived in the city for nearly 30 years and have owned a home in the Mayfair/Albany Park neighborhood in the 39th Ward for almost 17 years.
I have two beautiful daughters and a step-son. My eldest daughter graduated from DePaul University after attending Decatur Classical, Lincoln Elementary, and Northside College Prep. My youngest is an extraordinary singer who attends Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. She also attended Courtenay, Beaubien and ChiArts. You may have seen me at the Leaning Tower or Irving Park Y. My kids swam with the Sharks!
I am a member of the LaSalle Street Church. I love to read. I'm often at the Mayfair Library or the nearest Barnes and Noble. I'm an avid Chicago sports fan who loves the Bears, Bulls and Cubbies. No disrespect to Sox fans, you all are all right with me. And I must say, my cooking ain't half bad either!
I have raised children in Chicago. I have the same concerns that you do about violence in our city. I am your neighbor. Borrowing from Maya Angelou, I like to say we are more alike than we are different. I remember, as a child, spending the day outside playing without a care in the world. All children should be able to feel that way regardless of what neighborhood they live in. I believe that justice should not come with a price tag. I believe that we should get equal pay for equal work and I believe that love is love. And with these beliefs, it would be an honor to serve you as Judge of the 10th Judicial Subcircuit. I ask you for your support. Thank you.
-"Qualified...Ms. Brown has extensive experience in post convictions and appeals and possesses the requisite legal knowledge and experience to serve as a Circuit Court Judge." Chicago Bar Association
-"She has substantial litigation experience, although she has been handling post-conviction and appellate matters for the past five years. She is praised for her temperament. The Council finds her Qualified..." Chicago Council of Lawyers
-Recommended. Cook County Bar Association
-Recommended. Hellenic Bar Association of Illnois
-Qualified. Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Chicago Area
-Recommended. Puerto Rican Bar Association of Illinois
-Recommended. Women's Bar Association of Illinois
-Recommended. Black Women Lawyers' Association of Greater Chicago
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