Associate Director, Office for Alternative Resolution
Janelle received her Bachelor of Arts in both Political Science and Psychology from the University of Illinois Champaign Urbana. She received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Illinois at Chicago (formerly the John Marshall Law School).
While attending law school, Janelle studied arbitration and mitigation. Specifically, she learned about resolving cases prior to litigation. Janelle participated in The John Marshall Law School’s flagship restorative justice class, where she learned and implemented the fundamentals of restorative justice at the Chicago Public School Richards Career Academy.
Janelle possesses a wealth of legal experience. She began her legal career as a domestic violence advocate supervisor for the non-profit South Suburban Family Shelter. She then began working at the Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender.
As an attorney with the second largest public defense system in the United States, Janelle represented indigent and minority clients as they navigated the Cook County criminal court system. Aside from copious litigation, Janelle conferenced cases, wrote mitigation packets, and researched a variety of criminal issues for her clients, her colleagues, and the court.
Janelle is currently the Head Cheerleading Coach at Marian Catholic High School. She was previously a member of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Cabinet, where she was responsible for the formulation of the D.E.I. council at Marian Catholic. She additionally serves on several committees for the enrichment of high school cheerleading coaches throughout Illinois.