Alma Learetta Tyson, Esq.

Experienced, Thoughtful and Fair

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

Attorney                                                                                        Law Office of Learetta Tyson May, 1992 – May, 2019

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

Federal Appeal:  US v. Albert Jackson ,  No. 91-3063 Challenged the Federal sentencing guidelines for crack cocaine

Criminal Trial:  People of the State of  Illinois vs. Joseph Pinckney    Charge: double homicide Finding: Not Guilty

 Civil Appeals: Challenged decisions to terminate parental rights and attorney fees for appointed counsel

Adjunct Professor                                                                                             January 22, 2013 - May 9, 2013

  Governor's State University , University Park, Il.


Taught Introductory Criminal Justice at Triton College to entry level college students - Examined critical issues and outcomes associated with juvenile justice system including gang behavior, policing strategies, legal standards appliced to juveniles and polices to reduce juvenile crime. Developed mid-term and final examinations and  grading matrix to finalize grades.

ARBITRATOR – Circuit Court of Cook County

                                             June 1995 – Present

Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee and Victim/Witness Specialist 

U.S ATTORNEY’S OFFICE - N.D of Illnois

                                                February, 1988- September 1990

Analyzed legislation, reviewed criminal justice studies, case law and issues and briefed 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 ASSOCIATE –

 ILLINOIS LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMISSION –                                                   December 1975-September 1976

Analyzed data regarding law enforcement programs

PROPOSALS ADOPTED : ACCOMPLISHMENTS

LECC/VW Committee: Proposed treating drug addiction as a disease and not a crime


CHICAGO POLICE DEPARTMENT ADOPTED   COMMUNITY POLICING PILOT PROGRAMS

COOK COUNTY JAIL ADOPTED  ELECTRONIC MONITORING  PROPOSAL  TO REDUCE INMATE POPULATION AND SAVE COUNTY FUNDS

MAYOR RICHARD J. DALEY ADOPTED   CHICAGO POLICE BICYCLE  PATROL 

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


ISSUE:  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 licensed retired 2020

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 

Chicago Council of Lawyers


PERSONAL

Widow and parent of one son, Alexander Walker

Enjoys yoga, classical and jazz music, movies and reading about  history