I have proudly served as a Cook County Circuit Court Judge for 10 years.
I was the First Latina to be elected Judge county-wide.
For 5 of my years as Judge I asked to work at Branch 48 in Englewood, until it closed in 2019, because I wanted to ensure fair and just treatment to every citizen, every case, every time.
I am a 3rd generation Mexican American, and grew up in South Deering, Chicago
I graduated from both DePaul University and DePaul University’s College of Law… Go Blue Demons!
I am a proud mother, wife, daughter, sister, aunt and mentor.
Over the last 25 years I have rescued and adopted 10 big beautiful dogs, each one weighing over 80lbs, and 2 cats.
The largest dog yet, Nova, a Great Dane weighed over 135 pounds. I guess the bigger the dog, the more to love!
While in law school I was employed full time by the Chicago Bar Association as Administrator of their Battered Woman’s Program – where I was truly inspired by how many women could empower themselves despite the many obstacles they face.
In 2013, colleagues and I started the Illinois Latino Judges Association (ILJA) to promote diversity on the bench. I was ILJA’s acting President until 2018 and currently sit on it’s Board of Directors.