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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.


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.


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



(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;


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 .


Practice areas


  1. Family: 90%
    52 years
  2. Unspecified: 10%

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


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