Alma Learetta Tyson, Esq.
I have always been interested in history, literature, and the beauty of language. I wanted to become a member of the profession that had advance the cause of civil rights. At an early age, I was impressed by the eloquence, persistence, and effectiveness of a United States Attorney in Chicago, who brought corrupt judges and attorneys to justice. I was impressed that the law allowed reasonable people to disagree but resolve still their differences. I was impressed with lawyers who argued against discrimination and for social change. I marveled at the eloquence of Barbara Jordan and watched in disbelief when a President of the United States was pressured at of office. I wanted to apart of that process.
I had the privilege of working for the U.S. Attorney’s Office upon graduation from law school and during my brief stay there, I was energized by the possibilities of change – of actually making a difference. My studies in Psychology, Criminal Justice, and my legal education blended perfectly with this work. The experiences I had acquired prior to attending law school, teaching undergraduate students, marketing capital equipment for a Fortune 500 Corporation and auditing Medicare vendors for state government were also very helpful in taking on a fascinating career.
Upon leaving the federal government, I passed the Wisconsin and then the Illinois Bar Examinations and started practicing law. For the past twenty years, I have represented clients in juvenile, criminal [ felonies and misdeamnors], probate, traffic, chancery, divorce, civil, bankruptcy, federal and state appellate courts. I narrowed my practice to civil law to three practices areas, probate, family law and real estate. These areas often overlap, in some instances, I have provided legal representation to a client who had work to be done in each of these areas.
On May 29, 2019, twenty-seven years after I first began my practice, I retired, closed my office and began assisting community groups and varous organizations with developing policies and legislation concerning police accountability and other Criminal Justice issues. Since my retirement, I helped draft portions of the federal Consent Decree that seeks to improve Chicago Police Department's pattern, policies and practices; supported removing school resource officers from public schools, redirecting funds to school counselors and other educational resources, as well as propose legislation that redefines Chicago Police use of force policies.