Jussie Smollett’s Attorney Patricia Brown Holmes Contributed $1250 To Kim Foxx Campaign

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“Empire” actor Jussie Smollett’s attorney Patricia Brown Holmes has contributed to State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s campaign in the past, according to the state elections website (Note: attorney shown in the center of video teaser is Tina Glandian, Holmes at right).

Jussie Smollett’s attorney, Patricia Brown Holmes donated $250 to Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s campaign “Friends for Foxx” in December 2018 and $1,000 in November 2015.

Following is information about the professional experience, community service, and awards and honors of Patricia Brown Holmes, who is a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois (Current term 2019-2015, appointed by Governor). The most recent University of Illinois Board of Trustee members were appointed in January 2019.

Managing Partner, Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLP

Former executive committee member and diversity committee chair of a major national law firm

Former associate judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County

Previous chief assistant corporation counsel for municipal prosecutions for the City of Chicago

Former assistant United States attorney for the Northern District of Illinois

Former assistant state’s attorney, Cook County

Appointed special prosecutor in the matter of Laquan McDonald by presiding Judge LeRoy Martin

Appointed sole trustee of the Burr Oak Cemetery

Oversight Task Force by Governor Pat Quinn and Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Illinois

Appointed co-chair of the Judicial Selection Commission for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Appointed inaugural chair of the Illinois Torture Inquiry and Relief Commission by Governor Pat Quinn

Appointed to the American Jury Project Commission for the Seventh Circuit Bar Association by Chief Judge Holderman

Professional/Civic Affiliations, Activities and Community Service

Chair, Harriet’s Daughters

Chair, board of directors, Just the Beginning – A Pipeline Organization

Member, board of trustees, LaRabida Children’s Hospital
Chair, Chief Judge Ruben Castillo’s Magistrate Judge Selection and Review Committees

Chair, Chief Judge James F. Holderman’s Magistrate Judge Merit Review Panel

Past president and founding member, Black Women Lawyers’ Association of Greater Chicago, Inc.

Past president and member, board of managers, Chicago Bar Association

Member, Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism Mentoring Advisory Committee

Co-chair, Senator Dick Durbin’s Judicial Screening Committee

Awards and Honors

Chicago’s Notable Women Lawyers (Crain’s Chicago Business, 2018)

Ida B. Platt Award (Cook County Bar Association, 2018)

Most Influential Black Lawyers (Savoy Magazine, 2018)

Outstanding Women in Business Award (Rainbow PUSH

Coalition & Citizenship Education Fund, 2018)

Most Influential Minority Lawyers in Chicago (Crain’s Chicago Business, 2017)

Chicago Lawyer Person of the Year (Chicago Lawyer Magazine, 2016)

Award for Excellence in Pro Bono Service (United States District Court, 2014)

One of the Most Powerful and Influential Women in Illinois (National Diversity Council, 2011-2014)

JD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1986)
BS, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1983)

Party Affiliation

Patricia Brown Holmes, attorney to Jussie Smollett, on Window City Live hours after charges against him were dropped.



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