Responding to criticism that the Illinois State’s Attorney’s Office lacks prosecutors of color, the agency recently held a “Minority Job Fair for Licensed Attorneys.”
Former Illinois Appellate Court Justice R. Eugene Pincham alleged in an interview that the state’s attorney’s office had only 40 minority prosecutors out of 950 and that no blacks received assignments as “first-chair” prosecutors in Chicago. Pincham went on to claim black lawyers in the state’s attorney’s office “are assigned to specially created offices designed to keep them out of the courtrooms.”
Adrienne Mebane, chief of staff at the state’s attorney’s office, admitted that minorities were underrepresented in the office, but pointed to a lack of minority law school graduates as a factor limiting the office’s minority hiring ability.
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