Alma Learetta Tyson, Esq.
I have always been interested in history, literature, and the beauty of language. I was impressed with lawyers who argued against discrimination and for social change. I wanted to become a member of the profession that advanced 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 for the common good. I marveled at the eloquence of Barbara Jordan and watched in disbelief when a President of the United States was pressured out of office. I wanted to be apart of a legal process that practiced constitutional ideals, held everyone accountable and advanced civil rights.
I had the privilege of working as the LECC Coordinator for the U.S. Attorney’s Office upon graduation from law school. There, I witnessed how rapidly policy changes can occur that will actually make a difference. My studies in Psychology, Criminal Justice, and law blended perfectly with this work. The experiences I had prior to attending law school, teaching undergraduate students, marketing capital equipment for a Fortune 500 Corporation and auditing Medicare vendors for state government also influenced my proposals and provided thoughtful perspectives in this challenging position.
Upon leaving the federal government, I passed the Wisconsin and Illinois Bar Examinations and started practicing law. For the past twenty years, I have represented clients in juvenile, criminal [ felonies and misdemeanors], probate, traffic, chancery, divorce, civil, bankruptcy, federal and state appellate courts. I later narrowed my practice to three practices areas: probate, family law and real estate.
Beginning in 2017, I volunteered to work with community groups and various legal organizations on developing policies and legislation concerning police accountability and other Criminal Justice issues. 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 Chicago public schools, redirecting funds to school counselors and other educational resources, as well as propose legislation that redefined Chicago Police use of force policies and its relationship within the political structure of the City of Chicago.
On May 29, 2019, twenty-seven years after I first began my practice, I closed my office.