Meet Sheree

Sheree Desiree Henry was raised in the Englewood neighborhood where she lived with her mother and two siblings.  She has always been moved to serve her community.  While she attended Hyde Park Career Academy, she was a member of the Chicago Police Explorer’s program learning about what it takes to be a great public servant.  After graduation, she attended Bradley University in Peoria and simultaneously joined the Illinois National Guard, continuing her passion to serve. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and determined that law school would be her next step to create a career of service.  As her mother would always say, “To Whom Much is Given, Much is Required. “ 

 

After receiving her law degree from Northern Illinois University, she worked at a civil rights firm for 4 months.  She then became an Assistant Public Guardian and worked tirelessly to represent abused and neglected children.  She joined the Cook County Public Defender’s Office a few years later where she represented those charged with criminal offenses.  Her role as an Assistant public defender allowed her to represent all the individuals in the Drug Court, Mental Health Court, and Veterans Court Programs in the Markham Courthouse.  These programs provided sobriety, health education, and life coping skills to prevent individuals from returning into the criminal justice system.   

 

Sheree Desiree Henry has devoted her entire career to being the voice for the voiceless in and out of the courtroom.  She has volunteered at food pantries and hosted expungement seminars.   Sheree Desiree Henry is an active member of Homewood Veterans Committee, Democratic Women of South Suburbs and Trinity United Church of Christ.  She frequently speaks at churches, park districts and schools explaining the how the criminal justice system works.

 

Her husband, Jeffrey T. Henry shares her drive for serving others, as he is an Assistant Cook County Public Defender. They have two children and are a family committed to public service.

 

On August 2, 2019, she was sworn in as a Cook County Circuit Court Judge to fill the vacancy of the Honorable Joyce Marie Murphy Gorman.  She is now running for that vacancy.  She spent her career fighting for equal justice for her clients and as a judge she ensures that justice in her courtroom.  Please vote for Judge Sheree Desiree Henry on March 12, 2020.

Professional Experience

State of Illinois  | Chicago, IL          August 2019 – Present

  Cook County Circuit Court Judge

  • Assigned to First Municipal District in the Richard J. Daley Center

  • Presides over misdemeanor cases along with civil and traffic matters

Cook County Public Defender | Chicago, IL                    February 1999 – August 2019

   Assistant Public Defender                                                                               

  • Represented indigent people charged with felony offenses

  • Researched and filed motions along with negotiated plea agreements in trial courts

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

  • Represented clients in specialty courts (Drug, Mental Health and Veterans’ Courts) which focuses on sobriety, health maintenance, life coping 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

   Associate                                                                                                         

  • 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

 

EDUCATION

   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

 

MILITARY

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

  • Title SPC/E4, Finance Specialist

  •  Headquarters and Headquarters Company 108th Support Battalion

 

ADDITIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • Chicago Bar Association

  • Cook County Bar Association

  • Black Women’s Lawyers Association of Greater Chicago

  • Democratic Women of South Suburbs

  • Homewood Veterans Committee

  • Trinity United Church of Christ

  • Women’s Bar Association

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Instagram

Paid for and authorized by Citizens of Sheree D. Henry. A copy of our report is filed with the State Board of Elections and is available for review on the Board’s official website or for purchase from the Board in Springfield, IL. All contributions are reported and political contributions are not tax deductible for federal income tax purposes.