October 15, 2016

Resume

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Hannah J. Brooks
Chicago Family Law Attorney
WORK EXPERIENCE

April 2016 – Present

Chicago Volunteer Legal Services
Child Representative
  • Representation of minor children in Domestic Relations matter, primarily for unrepresented parties and largely serving Spanish speaking children and parents
  • Working as the “eyes and ears” of the court to bring attention to issues otherwise not before the Court
  • Participating in a manner which encourages settlement of parties

 

October 2015 – October 2016

Katz Law Office, Ltd.
Associate Attorney
  • Domestic relations litigation and collaborative resolution facilitation from adoption and custody to divorce and post-decree matters for primarily Spanish Speaking clients.
  • Delicately, creatively, and efficiently handled matters positioned at the intersection of immigration and domestic relations concerns

December 2014 - August 2015

The Law Offices of Coleman & Brown LLC, Chicago, IL
Associate Attorney
  • Drafted orders and maintained files for Illinois State Board of Education due process hearings.

  • Court appearances and case management for clients with Domestic Relations, Probate, and Workplace Discrimination matters; Maintained organized caseload and regular client contact.

  • Conducted legal research and drafted memoranda for supervising attorneys; Determined most persuasive and applicable cases to support tiral motions.

  • Successfully managed client matters in a manner to encourage out of court agreements including collaborative settlement in contended divorce matters.

January 2014 - May 2014

Domestic Violence Clinic, Cincinnati, OH
Certified Legal Intern

 

  • Represented clients from interview through trial and post-trial matters.

  • Drafted briefs for the First Appellate District Court.

  • Conducted research and assisted in composing amicus briefs.

 

September 2013 – May 2014

Law and Leadership Institute, Cincinnati, OH
Substitute Teacher; Site Coordinator
  • Coordinated learning objectives with the goal of mock trial preparation as well as college preparation for high school aged children.

  • Managed daily goings on of program; Contacted parents.

  • Tracked program participation; Successfully retained students and increased youth participation.

January 2013 – April 2013

Su Casa Hispanic Center, Cincinnati, OH
Legal Intern
  • Assisted with providing legal aid to Spanish speaking residents of the Cincinnati area; Interviewed clients and families in order to complete DACA claims and requests for work permits.

  • Analyzed local need to determine most efficient and encompossaing methods for outreach and to serve the community.

October 2013 – May 2014

Learning Assistance Center, Cincinnati OH
Academic Coach

 

  • Outlined student’s academic and professional goals in order to develop action items and plans for better and consistent study habits; Successfully raised student GPAs by .6 on a 4.0 scale.

  • Researched psychology of student behavior and success; Summarized and reported finding to supervisors for program enhancement suggestions; Implemented findings in coaching sessions

 

May 2012 – July 2012; June 2013 – August 2013

Dow & Associates, Gaborone, Botswana
Legal Intern
  • Evaluated child maintenance legislation in order to compare international approaches for legal reform memorandum. Completed legal research and wrote memoranda.

  • Analyzed statutes, legislative history, international documents and previous judicial decisions in order to compile information for an ongoing human rights cases, including the landmark LeGaBiBo case.

EDUCATION

May 2014

University of Cincinnati College of Law, Cincinnati, OH
Juris Doctor

College of Law Honors Scholarship

Human Rights Quarterly, Senior Article Editor

Black Law Students Association

American Constitutional Society

April 2011

Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University, Tallahassee, FL
Masters in Applied Social Sciences, GPA: 3.9;

SUS Summer Fellowship

Delores Auzenne Fellowship

May 2010

Bachelors in Political-Science, GPA: 3.8 

Distinguished Scholarship Full Scholarship

Academic Achievement Award for top graduate in the History & Political-Science

SERVICE LEARNING

January 2015

Cook County Bar Association Legal Clinic
Chicago, IL

Provided free legal consultations as part of a community awareness effort

October 2014 - Present

Barbara Bates Foundation for Breast Cancer Awareness, Logistics Coordinator
Chicago, IL

Organized logistics for the Walk Where You Live annual event as well as location mapping for the participants’ path.

October 2007 - Present

Leadership Lighthouse
Chicago, IL

Developed and implemented Life Skills and entrepreneurship training for high school aged youth

July 2010 - July 2011

Americorps*VISTA, Program Coordinator
Tallahassee, FL
  • Organized community programs and developed volunteer opportunities to work toward bridging the digital divide in low-income communities. Recruited and managed volunteer activities.

  • Officiated the execution of grant and city mandated requirements.

June 2010 - May 2011

Student Government Association, Director of Diversity
Tallahasee, FL

August 2010 - May 2011

United States Student Association, At-Large Representative
Tallahassee, FL

May 2008 - May 2010

National Council of Negro Women, Community Service Committee Chair
Tallahasee, FL

Summer 2009

FSU College of Law Summer Undergraduate Program
Tallahasee, FL

Spring 2008

Honors Program International Service
Bocca Chica, Dominican Republic
ADDITIONAL SKILLS

Licensed Attorney: Admitted to Illinois State Bar

Typing: 90 + WPM

Operating Systems:

Familiarity with both Mac and PC systems.

Microsoft Office proficient

Language:

Spanish (fluent– speaking, reading, writing)

 Portuguese (conversational

Cultural Competency:

LGBTQ+ Communities

Immigrant and Non-Documented Communities

Low Income Communities

Communities of Color