Marian Emily Perkins
Democratic candidate for Cook County Circuit (5th Subcircuit (Jones Vacancy district)
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Marian Emily Perkins, a veteran attorney and bar association leader in the state of Illinois, with more than twenty-five (25) years of legal experience, was appointed on July 13, 2017, by the Illinois Supreme Court to serve as a Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County.
She currently presides over cases in the First Municipal District in the Circuit Court of Cook County in the Richard J. Daley Center in downtown Chicago in the state of Illinois. Judge Perkins seeks to serve as a Judge and will campaign for the position of Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County in the 5th Judicial Sub Circuit/ Rickey Jones' vacancy because of her dedication to service and commitment to the fair administration of justice in our courts.
A judge is a servant of the public. Judge Perkins has been a servant in the legal profession and the community for more than two decades. Judge Perkins is qualified to serve as a Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County because of her deep concern for fairness and justice for all, even temperament, depth and breadth of litigation experience and legal knowledge, critical thinking skills, work ethic, integrity, impartiality, sensitivity to others, and excellent courtroom management skills. Judge Perkins will be an asset to the judiciary of Cook County.
Judge Perkins is a former prosecutor in the Cook County State's Attorney Office - Criminal Prosecutions Bureau - First Municipal District, former Assistant State's Attorney of Cook County & Senior Trial Supervisor in the Cook County State's Attorney's Office - Public Interest Bureau - Child Support Enforcement Division, former Staff Attorney - Illinois Department of Professional Regulation - Health Related Prosecutions Unit and former Assistant Appellate Defender - Office of the State of Illinois Appellate Defender's Office. As a lawyer in private practice in The Law Office of Marian E. Perkins located at 161 North Clark Street - Suite # 1600, Chicago, Illinois, she has represented adults and juveniles charged with felonies, misdemeanors, DUI, and traffic matters in the Circuit Court of Cook of Cook County, Du Page County, and Kendall County in the state of Illinois.
She has represented a fifteen-(15) year old charged with major felonies at a judicial transfer hearing in the Circuit Court of Shelby County in Memphis, Tennessee where the court had to determine whether to try the juvenile as an adult. Marian has represented petitioners and respondents (i.e. mothers and fathers) in family law and matrimonial law cases in the Domestic Relations Division in the Circuit Court of Cook County. She has also represented persons seeking the expungement or sealing of one's Illinois criminal record or the pardon or executive clemency from the Governor of the state of Illinois. Born and reared on the south side of Chicago, Judge Perkins is the first lawyer in her family and the first Judge in her family.
She is a graduate of Holy Angels Catholic Elementary School and Lindblom Technical Chicago Public School. She is a graduate of Howard University School of Business where she received a four-year academic scholarship from Gulf Oil Corporation. She is a graduate of Howard University School of Law where she was a Law Clerk with the firm of Amram & Hahn, a Legislative Intern on Capitol Hill with the Washington, D.C. Office of the City of Chicago and honored to be included in "Who's Who Among America's Law Students."
Active in the community, Judge Perkins is a past president of the Cook County Bar Association, former member of the board of directors of the National Bar Association, member of the Black Women Lawyer's Association of Greater Chicago, Inc. former member of the Illinois State Bar Association Standing Committee on Corrections & Sentencing and the Chicago Bar Association Blue Ribbon Committee on the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center.
She has been a guest speaker in the community on an array of legal topics and a pro bono attorney for more than fifteen (15) years at expungement summits hosted by government and elected officials and held at churches, colleges, universities and town halls throughout Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. Committed to mentoring our youth, for several years, she has been a volunteer with the Constitutional Rights Foundation of Chicago "Lawyers in the Classroom Program" and a "Principal For A Day" and motivational speaker at numerous Chicago Public Schools as a member of the Chicago Public Schools "Principal-For-A-Day" Program. Judge Perkins has received several honors and awards for her service to the community. She and her husband reside with their daughter in the 3rd Ward and 5th Judicial Sub-Circuit in the city of Chicago. They have three young adult children.
Tell us something we would be surprised to learn about you.
Judge Perkins likes to play chess, attend cultural events, and roller skate.