Monica M. Torres-Linares, Managing Counsel
Monica Torres-Linares is a Chicago attorney concentrating in Child Protection and Juvenile Justice, particularly in the working-class communities. She is also a contract Mediator for the City of Chicago Commission on Human Relations. Also, Monica has experience in Criminal Law, Family Law, Social Security Law, Public Benefits Law, Housing Law, Nursing Home Law, and Real Estate Law.
Monica graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a minor in Spanish. She obtained her Juris Doctor from the University of Illinois Chicago School of Law.
Monica is a former Cook County Assistant Public Defender, a former Legal Aid attorney and a former Civil Rights Attorney. Monica is the past President of the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois and has taught as an Adjunct Professor, at Northeastern Illinois University.
Monica has been recognized for her contributions to the community by the Chicago Latino Network, which awarded her Latina Professional of the Year, and by the Community Renewal Society, which named her one of 35 Under 35 Community Leaders. The University of Illinois Chicago School of Law recognized her with the Latino Law Student Association Alumni of the Year Award, and she has been honored as a Chicago Sun-Times Public Interest Law Fellow. Also, Monica was a founding board member of Legal Prep Charter Academies.