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CAREER HIGHLIGHTS


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Author of numerous legal articles and outlines for use by other attorneys, ICLE publications, .


Involved in numerous controversial cases of first impression and legal significance: Nelson -. vs Nuccio in which a Chicago police officer was successfully prosecuted and ultimately found guilty of murder and sentenced to a penitentiary, after a prolonged period of official indifference to said officer's shooting death of a teenage boy. Legal advisor to Chicago Assistant Principals Association, Lead counsel in Johnkol - vs - License Appeal Commission of Chicago, which resulted in the liquor licensing laws of City of Chicago being changed to reflect constitutional requisites of due process.,


Legal Advisor to the National Conference of Puerto Rican Women, Chicago Chapter.



HONORS:


Listed in Who's Who of American Women, 9th ed., 1975-1976; and


10th ed., 1977-1978.


Consultant and Contributing Editor, the Living Webster Encyclopedic Dictionary of the English Language.

Listed in


 

The Roads They Made: Women in Illinois History.

AWARDS:



Listed in Notable Americans of the Bicentennial Era, vol. 1, 1976.


Listed in Woman of the Decade and Woman of the Year Award, 1976-1986


President and co-founder of Institute of Women Today, 1975 to 1999.


Presidential/White House Invitee for Dinner Reception, for Inaugural Reception for National Hispanic Heritage Week , July 31, 1980, by President Jimmy Carter.



Chicago Assistant Principals Association


Honoree for contributions to Education, 1982 and 1993

 



COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES:


(Past and present)


Board of Directors, Henry Horner Chicago Boys Club;





Lower North Community Mental Health


Advisory Board;

Past legal advisor to Mattachine Midwest (1 964-1967);


Lay Director of the National Coalition of American Nuns (NCAN);


Board Member of Urban Health Program Community Advisory Council, University of Illinois Medical/Health Science Schools, which is engaged in


identifying, recruiting and educating minority students in the medical sciences.


Past President and co-Founder of Institute of Women Today, which operates two shelters, Maria Shelter House and Casa Maria, for displaced women and children, engaged in housing, health care, vocational rehabilitation and training of displaced women and their children, offering clothing, food, shelter, health care and main streaming of displaced women and children;



PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES:




Current and Past Professional Organizations and Activities:



American Trial Lawyers Association;


Advocates Society


Chicago Bar Association


Illinois Bar Association;


World Peace Through Law;


Women's Bar Association of Illinois;


American Bar Association;


Member of the Board of Directors of Women's Coalition for the@ Third Century (WC3);


Director of Prison Project, Institute of Women Today; Chicago Board of Realtors;


National Association of Realtors,


Association of Defense Lawyers;


Member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America


International Association for Financial Planners;


Past Lecturer and Faculty Member of the Institute on Women Today, established by Church Women United, American Jewish Committee of Women, National Assembly of Women Religious,National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods, National Coalition of American Nuns, Leadership Conference of Women Religious, Women's Division of AFL/CIO (Meatcutters and Butchers), National Committee on Household Employment, and National Council of Black Women.


Guest panelist CBS television program, Worth Knowing About us. Keynote speaker and guest panelist at various university symposiums on women's emerging role in society today and in the area of civil rights.


University symposium lecturer in more than eighteen colleges and universities throughout the United States, 1975 -1991.


Radio panelist on various AM and FM talk shows.


Reception at White House, by invitation only, for first National Hispanic Heritage Week, July 31,1980


Licensed to practice in the United States Supreme Court, October, 1980.


Frequent consultant and lecturer in family law, childhood development and parenting issues, and issues pertaining to opportunities and the economic advancement of women in the work place .


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5158 N. Ashland Ave.
Chicago, IL, 60640-2830

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