I am the daughter of a Teamster (Jack Spratt, whose family came from Lisheen, Clare, Ireland) and a legal secretary. I worked as a legal secretary to pay my way through school and graduate from Loyola University of Chicago School of Law. At Loyola I served as the Lead Articles Editor for the Loyola Law Journal and was inducted into the Alpha Sigma Nu honor society, all while attending night school. After graduating in 1991, I served as a law clerk to a judge in the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
I am currently a partner at Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP (formerly Shefsky & Froelich Ltd.) where I have represented both public and private clients, and government bodies, including the City of Chicago in defense of its Women and Minority Owned Business Enterprises Ordinance. For my work I have earned the respect of my colleagues, opposing counsel, judges before whom I appear, and each of the bar associations whose ratings I have received to date.
I have also taught at Loyola Law School, and been a frequent moderator and lecturer for continuing legal education courses, focusing on appellate law. In 2012 I was appointed to sit on the Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Professional Responsibility, a committee responsible for advancing ethics, fairness, and professionalism in the legal profession.
For eight years I served as the attorney-coach for the Hubbard High School Mock Trial team, as part of a program that teaches CPS students trial practice skills and culminates in real trials presided over by sitting circuit court judges. In each of the years that I coached the Hubbard High School team, the team finished in first place in citywide competition.
Since 2006 I have been an active member of the Development Board of PAWS Chicago, the city’s largest no-kill animal humane association. And I have served as co-chair of PAWS’s annual 8K Run/4K Walk fundraiser for the years 2007 through 2013, and have provided PAWS with significant pro-bono legal services.
I am keenly aware of the current overburdened state of our circuit courts. Although I do not have a global solution for the problems that require attention within the court system, I do believe that no solution will aid in resolving those problems without cooperation from the judges—courtroom by courtroom. To that end, I pledge to administer justice fairly, equally, diligently, and efficiently.