Judge Jackie Portman

Accolades: Judge Jackie Marie Portman-Brown was found qualified and/or recommended by all of the bar associations that she appeared in front of during the 2014 Retention cycle. The Chicago Bar Association noted the following:

Judge Portman-Brown “is hearing Adult Redeploy and Deferred Prosecution cases and is doing an outstanding job with a challenging call. Judge Portman-Brown has a fine temperament and is passionate about her work.”

She accepted the mantel to be a part of the faculty and instruct new judges at both the Cook County’s New Judges Seminar and the Administrative Office of the Illinois Court New Judges Seminar. In July 2017, Judge Portman-Brown was the key note speaker at the 13th Annual Coalition to Reduce Recidivism and the Special Guest Speaker at the 98th Women’s Day Celebration at First Baptist Church of North Chicago. In January 2016 she was featured on the cover and the cover story of the Reader Newspaper “Beyond the Bench”. Judge Portman-Brown was also featured on WBBM News radio 780AM and 105.9FM Steve Miller radio broadcast – At issue – “Cook County Judge Jackie Portman”. On April 19, 2016 Channel 2 CBS news Anchor, Mai Martinez interviewed and filmed the Adult Redeploy Illinois court call to be aired on the same.  On March 26, 2014, she received a Certificate of Honorable Mention at the “Outstanding Women in the Judiciary” Recognized by Clerk of the Circuit Court, Dorothy Brown, Illinois Office’s Women Advisory Committee, and JP Morgan Chase and Company.

Judicial Experience: Judge Jackie Marie Portman-Brown has been a Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County since 2008. She is currently dually assigned to First Municipal District and the Felony Trial Criminal Division. In the Felony Trial Criminal Division, she presides over Courtroom 205. She hears felony matters ranging from bond review, arraignments, pre-trial and post-trial motions, bench trials, and probation matters. Courtroom 205 is primarily a narcotics courtroom. While assigned to First Municipal, she presided over the Cook County State’s Attorney Office Deferred Prosecution Program and the Adult Redeploy Illinois court calls. Both are diversion programs that enables non-violent felony offenders an opportunity for a second chance. Both programs far exceeded the anticipated success rate while she was so assigned. Currently, she is performing administrative duties and marriage court. Judge Portman-Brown was previously assigned to the Central Bond Court rotation which included but was not limited to a rotation of the following assignments: Central Bond Court, Branch 2: Felony Traffic Preliminary Hearings, Branch 3: In – Custody Misdemeanor Traffic Offense Motions, Pleas and Trials, Branch 9: Cook County State’s Attorney Deferred Prosecution Program, Branch 7: Adult Redeploy Illinois, Branch 57: Felony Narcotics Preliminary Hearings, Branch 98: Fugitive/Extradition Cases, Branch 66: Felony Homicide/Sex Crimes Preliminary Hearings, and the Duty Judge: On call 24/7 including weekends and Holidays for Probable Cause to detain Hearings and search warrants.

Legal Experience: Prior to ascending to the bench, Judge Portman-Brown practiced law for over 10 years. She served as the General Counsel for the Independent Police Review Authority. She served the public as an Assistant State’s Attorney for Cook County. While an Assistant State’s Attorney, she served in the Juvenile Justice Bureau; Child Advocacy Center; Felony Review Unit; Preliminary Hearings Unit; Narcotics Special Prosecution Unit; Felony Trial Unit; and Criminal Appeals Division. Judge Portman-Brown was successfully retained as a Judge in 2014.

Education: She received her Juris Doctor degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, MI where she was on the Dean’s list. She received her Bachelors of Arts Degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago where she was a double major in Criminal Justice and Political Science. She was also on the Dean’s List. She attended and graduated from Maria High School and attended both St. Brendan (until it closed) and St. Raphael Elementary Schools (where she graduated from).

Membership: Illinois Judicial Counsel and Illinois Judges Association

Judge Portman-Brown continues to be active in her community and church. Since, 2008, Judge Portman-Brown has been a participant in the robes in the classroom project. She is happily married to Cortez Thomas Brown. Recently, to this union, twin children were born. This is not just a job or a profession for Judge Portman-Brown. It is an honor and a privilege to serve the people of the State of Illinois.

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