Alma Learetta Tyson, Esq. -        Punch # 183  Experienced, Thoughtful, Fair
EMPLOYMENT HISTORY
 
Attorney  Law Office of Learetta Tyson                             May, 1992 – Present
 
Civil Litigation – Family Law, Domestic Relations, Probate, Juvenile Law and Personal Injury
 
Criminal Law –    Felonies defended clients charged with murder, criminal sexual assault, drug possession; Misdemeanors – retail theft, DUIs
 
Appellate Work: Challenged the Federal sentencing guidelines for crack cocaine
Challenged decisions to terminate parental rights and attorney fees for appointed counsel
 
ARBITRATOR – Circuit Court of Cook County                   June 1995 – Present
 
LECC COORDINATOR U.S ATTORNEY’S OFFICE             FEBRUARY, 1988- SEPTEMBER 1990
 
Analyzed legislation, reviewed criminal justice studies, case law and issues to brief the U.S. Attorney on crime prevention strategies and program development.  Trained Assistant U. S. Attorneys in drug prevention strategies and proposed electronic monitoring and community policing programs that were adopted by Cook County Jail and the Chicago Police Department.  Wrote LECC Newsletter for distribution to law enforcement officials in the N. D. of Illinois
 
LAW CLERK   ILLINOIS HOUSING DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY November 1987 – February, 1988
 
Reviewed loan applications for compliance with tax regulations promoting affordable housing
LAW CLERK – District of Columbia Bar Counsel                January, 1986 – July 1987
 
Reviewed complaints against attorneys to determine if ethical violations occurred.       
            
                                                          PRE-LAW EXPERIENCE
 
ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE XEROX CORPORATION                   November 1978 – December 1982
 
Marketed capital equipment to corporations and small businesses in Illinois and Indiana.  Trained sales representatives in territory management and marketing strategies.
AUDITOR – STATE OF ILLINOIS – PROGRAM INTEGRITY       December 1976 – June 1978

Audited physicians and other health care providers for compliance with Medicare/Medicaid regulations.  Audited medical and financial records, calculated recoupment owed to the State and wrote audit reports  and manuals.
COUNSELOR – Firman Community Services                           September, 1976 to December 1976
Counseled runaway teens (Master’s Paper: Multiple Impact Theory Dealing with Families in Crisis)
 
RESEARCH ASSOCIATEILLINOIS LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMISSION –   December 1975-September 1976
Analyzed data regardi
ng law enforcement programs
 
                                                   ACCOMPLISHMENTS
 
 CHICAGO POLICE DEPARTMENT ADOPTED MY PROPOSAL TO BEGIN COMMUNITY POLICING PILOT PROGRAMS TO IMPROVE COMMUNITY RELATIONS
 
 COOK COUNTY JAIL  ADOPTED MY PROPOSAL TO INTRODUCE ELECTRONIC MONITORING TO REDUCE INMATE POPULATION AND SAVE COUNTY FUNDS 
 
 MAYOR RICHARD J. DALEY ADOPTED MY SUGGESTION TO HAVE CHICAGO POLICE OFFICERS PATROL THE LAKE FRONT ON BICYCLES
 
 ORGANIZED PRIVATE ATTORNEYS TO DISCUSS ISSUES AND CONCERNS ASSOCIATED WITH DELINQUENCY, ABUSE AND NEGLECT CASES (merged with Cook County Bar Association)
 
ARGUED BEFORE THE 7TH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS MAY, 18, 1994
 CHALLENGING THE FEDERAL SENTENCING GUIDELINES FOR CRACK COCAINE
U.S. v. ALBERT JACKSON   NO 91-3063

DISTINCTIONS:
 #1 SALES REPRESENTATIVE         XEROX CORPORATION – OAK BROOK, IL.  1980
TOP TERRITORY SALES REPRESENTATIVE XEROX CORPORATION – OAK BROOK, IL.  1980
GRADUATE TEACHING ASST UIC -  1974 -1975

EDUCATION
HOWARD SCHOOL OF LAW –
          JURIS DOCTORATE – 1987
 
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS – CHICAGO – 
          MASTER OF ARTS CRIMINAL JUSTICE – 1977
 
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS – CHICAGO –
          BACHELOR OF ARTS - CRIMINAL JUSTICE / PSYCHOLOGY- 1973

PROFESSIONAL LICENSES
 
Illinois       1992
Wisconsin 1991

Admitted to Practice before the:U.S. District Court – Northern District of Illinois 1992
U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin 1992
U.S. District Court – Eastern District of Wisconsin 1992
U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit -1992
      
   
                                                 REMARKS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
                                                (Members of the LECC COMMITTEE - 1990)
U.S. Attorney Anton Valukas –         “ Her integrity is of the highest order.”

FBI Special Agent in Charge, James McKenzie “I believe Learetta Tyson will perform in an outstanding capacity in any field she chooses.”
 
Chief, Organized Crime Division, Chicago Police Department, Elgia Cook, “As a spokeswoman and facilitator, her mastery and organization of the various responsibilities has been instrumental in the creation of a cooperative coalition of multi-level law enforcement officials for the Northern District of Illinois.”

Chief of Police – Downer’s Grove, George Graves “Thank you for your personal contributions and efforts.  Your contributions to our program have been outstanding.”
Chief Toxicologist, Cook County Medical Examiner, Michael I Schaffer, “I commend the U.S. Atty’s Office for sending such an able and personable representative.”

MEMBERSHIPS (current * and former)
NAACP *
Cook County Bar Association
Chicago Bar Association
Chicago Volunteer Legal Services
 
PERSONAL
Married   23 years to Jeff Walker, an attorney with the Cook County Public Defender’s Office and mother to their teenage son, Alex who attends DeLaSalle High School.

Enjoys yoga, music, historical novels
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