Yolanda obtained a Bachelor's of Science in Speech Communication and Criminal Justice from Illinois State University. She earned her Juris Doctorate at Southern Illinois University School of Law. She is a Peoria Native who is very passionate about her work and advocating for her clients. She is a former Staff Attorney of a sizable firm, that handled cases in nine central Illinois counties, where her areas of practice generally included Expungement/Sealing work, Post Criminal Conviction Relief, Family Law, Landlord -Tenant cases, Orders of Protections and Guardianship matters.
In addition, she spent time in a smaller private practice where her primary focus was Family Law, Criminal Defense and Expungement/Sealing cases.
She then moved on as a Litigation Attorney with Kavanagh, Scully, Sudow, White & Frederick, P.C., where her primary focus was in Civil Litigation, Criminal Defense, Expungement/Sealing, Family Law and Estate Planning.
She is now a solo practitioner eager to build her legal practice in the Central Illinois area.
Yolanda is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Peoria County Bar Association where she is an active member and current Chair of the Diversity Committee, general member of Prairie State Legal Service's Peoria Campaign for Legal Service, board member on the Hult Center for Healthy Living, general member of the Tenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee, and former President of the Peoria Area Chapter -ACLU.
2018 Recipient of the Doers of Deed Award; 2019 Recipient of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drum major award.
|IL||Active And Authorized To Practice Law||2016||10/05/2021|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Volunteer Lawyer of the Year||Peoria County Bar Association||2021|
|Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drum Major Award||The King Holiday Committee||2020|
|Doers of Deeds||Jehan Gordan-Booth||2018|
|Assistant Public Defender||Peoria County Government- Pubic Defender's Office||2019 - 2019|
|Litigation Attorney||Kavanagh, Scully, Sudow, White & Frederick, P.C||2018 - 2021|
|Staff Attorney||Prairie State Legal Services||2017 - 2018|
|Federal Judicial Extern||U.S. District Court for Central District of Illinois||2015 - 2015|
|Law Clerk||Land Of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation||2015 - 2015|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Hult Center for Healthy Living Board Member||Board Member||2021 - Present|
|PCBA- Diversity Committe||Chair||2021 - Present|
|Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||2019 - Present|
|Illinois State Bar Association||Member||2016 - Present|
|Peoria County Bar Association||Member||2015 - Present|
|American Civil Liberties Union||General Member, Vice President & President||2016 - 2020|
|Southern Illinois University School of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2015|
|Professional Responsibility Seminar||Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Field||2019|
|Illinois Legal Aid Advocates Conference||Barriers to Employment||2017|
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