Downers Grove Adoption Lawyer
Just prior to my concentration on adoption, I represented abused...
Just prior to my concentration on adoption, I represented abused...Attorney Sheila A. Maloney
I graduated from John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Illinois in 1986, having attended DePaul University, Chicago, graduating Summa Cum Laude in 1981. My work experience includes working as a social worker at the American Red Cross in the disaster relief efforts. After law school, I worked as Assistant State's Attorney where I handled numerous jury trials and headed the juvenile delinquency division.
Just prior to my concentration on adoption, I represented abused and neglected children and disabled adults for a local guardianship office. Honestly, my love has always been in the area of helping people. What better way is there to help someone, than helping them build their family through adoption?
I am an active member in the nationwide American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, past chair of the Chicago Bar Association Adoption Law Committee, current chair of the Professional Advisory Board of Resolve, and recent publisher of the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE) handbook on adoption.
On a personal note, what truly compelled me to go into adoption law was the failed adoption we suffered. The hurt and frustration only fueled my desire for adoption reform. As a result, I worked closely on legislative revisions which became law in Illinois and strengthened the finality of adoptions.
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