Sheree's Expertise

Cook County Public Defender | Chicago, IL February 1999 - Present
Assistant Public Defender

  • Represent indigent people charged with felony offenses

  • Research and file motions along with negotiate plea agreements in trial courts

  • Extensive jury and bench trial experience on misdemeanor and felony offenses

  • Represent clients in specialty courts (Drug, Mental Health and Veterans’ Courts) which focuses on sobriety, health maintenance, life copying skills and reducing the recidivism rate


Cook County Public Guardian | Chicago, IL October 1995 - February 1999
Assistant Public Guardian

  • Represented over 300 children who were abused and/or neglected

  • Litigated trials, motions and emergency custody issues in court

  • Consulted with experts in the medical and mental health professions

  • Resolved custody conflicts through pre-trial negotiations and administrative mediations


Ayesha S. Hakeem and Associates | Chicago, IL April 1995 - September 1995

  • Litigated discrimination cases in state courts

  • Drafted and filed pleadings on civil rights violations

  • Researched and drafted memorandums of law and briefs


Illinois Attorney General | Chicago, IL August 1994 – December 1995
Law Clerk

  • Researched and wrote appellate briefs


17th Judicial Circuit Court l Rockford, IL February 1994 – May 1994

Judicial Law Clerk

  • Researched civil law issues for the circuit court judges

  • Created a monthly question and answer script for the court’s monthly cable program


DuPage County State’s Attorney l Wheaton, IL May 1993 – August 1993
Law Clerk (Civil Division)

  • Aided the attorneys in preparing witnesses to testify at trial

  • Researched legal issues for the attorneys


Cook County State’s Attorney l Chicago, IL May 1993 – July 1993
Law Clerk (Criminal Division)

  • Assisted the attorneys in preparing witnesses to testify at trial

  • Researched legal issues for the attorneys


Northern Illinois University College of Law | Dekalb, IL

  • Juris Doctor received May 1994

  • Dean’s Scholarship Fall 1992 - Fall 1993

  • Dean’s List Spring 1993 - Spring 1994

  • Black Student Association - Vice President

  • Thurgood Marshall Dedication Co-chairman


Bradley University | Peoria, IL

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Management, Political Science Minor, Graduated May 1991

  • George Pullman Scholarship Recipient 1987 - 1991


Illinois Army National Guard l North Riverside, IL August 1987 – August 1995

  • Title SPC/E4, Finance Specialist

  • Headquarters and Headquarters Company 108 th Support Battalion



  • Chicago Bar Association

  • Cook County Bar Association

  • Black Women’s Lawyers Association of Greater Chicago

  • Democratic Women of South Suburbs

  • Homewood Veteran Committee

  • Trinity United Church of Christ

  • Woman’s Bar Association

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