Adrienne Elaine Davis
Democratic candidate for Cook County Circuit (2nd Subcircuit (Laws Vacancy district)
Responses to our questions
Please submit an essay that explains your legal background, why you are qualified for this position and why you seek this position.
As a Public Defender, it was my passion to represent the accused to ensure that the indigent accused were zealously and fairly represented while ensuring that victims were also treated with respect.
After 22 years I realized that I had the opportunity to impact more than just my client base but to affect the community as a whole. I realized that I spent 22 years preparing myself to fairly dispense justice.
In March 2017, I was appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court to serve as a Judge of the Circuit Court, 2nd Judicial Sub Circuit. I am assigned to the First Municipal Division, presiding over traffic violations; misdemeanor cases; and felony preliminary hearings.
Until March of 2017 I was an attorney in the Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender.
From November of 2008 until March of 2017 I was a member of the elite homicide task force. I was promoted to the homicide task force after trying over 20 homicide cases and becoming qualified as lead counsel in the Illinois capital trial bar (now defunct).
As a homicide attorney I only represented indigent individuals charged with homicide. Until the Illinois death penalty was abolished in 2011 I also represented individuals facing the death penalty in Illinois. Immediately prior to becoming a member of the homicide task force I was a felony trial assistant at the Leighton criminal courthouse located at 2650 South California. As a felony trial assistant I handled complex felony cases such as aggravated criminal sexual assault, armed robbery and aggravated vehicular hijacking.
In addition to my work in the Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender during the last ten years I had civil practice experience as the legal counsel for the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Theta Omega Chapter, Chicago, Illinois (a national organization of college educated women) from 2006-2007 and 2012-2013. Additionally, I was national legal counsel for Top Ladies of Distinction (a national service organization) from January 2016 until March of 2017.
I am an adjunct instructor at Loyola Chicago College of law where I have been teaching bar writing since 2014. Additionally, I taught bar writing at MLER from 1995 until 2008.
Upon passing the Illinois Bar Examination in 1994 I began tutoring students in Minority Legal Bar Examination program (MLER). This is a twice yearly 7 week bar writing program for bar applicants of all ethnicities. In 1997 I joined the board of Directors for MLER. Shortly thereafter I served as the program coordinator for approximately 5 years. Additionally, I conducted the tutor training programs for attorneys who were acting as tutors. I also conducted the all day clinic for the program for approximately 4 years. I served on the board of Directors until 2007. I came back to assist with the program until 2009.
I am an active member of the Cook County Bar Association (CCBA). In the past I have sat on a panel instructing new lawyers on the basics of practicing law in Cook County. In 2017 I was the law day chairperson for 2017.
I am a member of the Chicago Bar Association. In 2017 I was one of two participating Judges at CBA Know your rights seminar for High school students during Law Week.
Approximately 10 years ago I created a scenario based program which I would take to schools, churches and youth groups wherein I would review the legal consequences of choices that young people may make. During my 22 years as an Assistant Public Defender I regularly went out to schools to discuss legal consequences to common situations.
Finally, as an Assistant Public Defender I regularly mentored young defense lawyers. Now as a Judge I mentor both young defense lawyers and prosecutors.
I have been found qualified or recommended to serve as a judge by all of the bar associations.
I believe my work ethic, my ability to relate to people and my legal and judicial experience distinguish me from my opponent. I have strived my entire life to be courteous to others, honest, and caring towards my fellow man. I believe these personal traits help make me a better judge.
Tell us something we would be surprised to learn about you.
What would be most surprising is that in the midst of a political campaign I have not missed a single minute or an event with my 50 Top Teens. My Top Teens are my passion and my purpose. It is my joy to begin with 13 year old Teens and watch them grow into capable young adults going into college. My passion in life is being the Top Teen advisor in the Lincoln Park Chicago Chapter of Top Teens of America.
In this role I supervise and mentor approximately 50 male and female teens from 12-18. I ensure that they can properly run a meeting using parliamentary procedure. More importantly I ensure that they engage in service projects which will aid our community. I supervise their monthly meeting and schedule their service projects. Additionally, I ensure that all of the Juniors and Seniors in high school are aware and apply for as many scholarships and educational opportunities as possible. Finally, I am their principal chaperone for local and national conferences.