Biography

Marian Emily Perkins, a veteran trial attorney, bar association leader, and community volunteer in the state of Illinois, was recently appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court to serve as a Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County. She was sworn in as a Circuit Court Judge of Cook County on Thursday, July 13, 2017 by the Honorable Charles Freeman, Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court and the first African-American Chief Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court, at the Illinois Supreme Court Ceremonial Courtroom in downtown Chicago.

Marian Emily Perkins is currently assigned to preside in the courtrooms in the Circuit Court of Cook County in the First Municipal District in the Richard J. Daley Center located in downtown Chicago. Marian will run for Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County in the 5th Judicial Sub-Circuit in the Judge Rickey Jones’ vacancy in the Democratic Party primary to be held on March 20, 2018 because she is passionate about fairness and justice for all, in the courtrooms of Cook County. She is supported by her family and friends and a host of elected and government officials, members of the clergy, and community leaders.
A servant of the people, and active in the community for many years, Marian will bring to the court system, dedication to the principles of equal protection under the law. Marian will also bring to the courts extensive legal experience, an even temperament, impartiality, and compassion.

Marian Emily Perkins is currently assigned to preside in the courtrooms in the Circuit Court of Cook County in the First Municipal District in the Richard J. Daley Center located in downtown Chicago. Marian will run for Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County in the 5th Judicial Sub-Circuit in the Judge Rickey Jones’ vacancy in the Democratic Party primary to be held on March 20, 2018 because she is passionate about fairness and justice for all, in the courtrooms of Cook County. She is supported by her family and friends and a host of elected and government officials, members of the clergy, and community leaders.
A servant of the people, and active in the community for many years, Marian will bring to the court system, dedication to the principles of equal protection under the law. Marian will also bring to the courts extensive legal experience, an even temperament, impartiality, and compassion.

Marian is a former Cook County prosecutor in the Criminal Prosecutions Bureau – First Municipal District in Chicago, former Senior Trial Supervisor in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office – Child Support Enforcement Division, former Assistant Appellate Defender of Illinois, First District Office in Chicago and former Staff Attorney for the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation. As a former attorney in private practice in The Law Office of Marian E. Perkins, P.C., she has represented clients in the area of criminal defense in state courts, family law, and expungement.

Born and reared on the south side of Chicago, Marian is a graduate of Holy Angels Catholic Elementary School and Lindblom Technical Chicago Public High School. She is a graduate of Howard University in Washington, D.C. where she majored in Business Administration and received her law degree from Howard University School of Law where she was a Law Clerk with the firm of Amram & Hahn, and a Legislative Intern on Capitol Hill.

Marian has been a presenter on current issues in the criminal and juvenile justice system at The University of Chicago School of Law and the University of Oxford in Oxford, England. For more than a decade, she was a criminal justice professor at Chicago State University, the oldest public university in the state of Illinois, where she taught students in the areas of law & society; survey of the criminal justice; women in the criminal justice system; restorative justice; and juvenile delinquency & the juvenile justice system. She also served as a mentor and helped several Chicago State University pre-law students to gain admission to American Bar Association accredited-law schools.

Marian has been a presenter on current issues in the criminal and juvenile justice system at The University of Chicago School of Law and the University of Oxford in Oxford, England. For more than a decade, she was a criminal justice professor at Chicago State University, the oldest public university in the state of Illinois, where she taught students in the areas of law & society; survey of the criminal justice; women in the criminal justice system; restorative justice; and juvenile delinquency & the juvenile justice system. She also served as a mentor and helped several Chicago State University pre-law students to gain admission to American Bar Association accredited-law schools.

Active in the community, Marian is a past president of the Cook County Bar Association, former member of the Board of Directors of the National Bar Association, member of the Chicago Bar Association Blue Ribbon Committee on the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center, Black Women Lawyer’s Association of Greater Chicago, Inc., Rainbow PUSH, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., A Public Service Sorority and the Howard University Alumni Association – Chicago Chapter. A mentor to our youth, she has been a volunteer through the Chicago Constitutional Rights Foundation “Lawyers in the Classroom” Program. Since 2003, she has been a pro bono attorney for adults and juveniles at “expungement summits” hosted at churches, colleges, universities, and town halls in the city of Chicago, and the surrounding suburbs in Cook County, Illinois.

Marian and her husband live with their daughter in “Bronzeville” in the 3rd Ward and the 5th Judicial Sub-Circuit in the city of Chicago. They have three young adult children.

Honors & Awards from the Community

Beth Eden Missionary Baptist Church "Women's Day" Program.
"The Oxford Round Table," The University of Oxford, Oxford England.
Cook County Bar Association "William R. Ming, Jr." Award.
Black Women Lawyer's Association of Greater Chicago "Outstanding Service to the Community" Award.
Illinois State Bar Association John C. Mc Mahon Pro Bono Service Award.
Chicago Defender "Women of Excellence" Award.
Kennedy-King College Community Justice Award.
Institute for Social Justice Recognition Plaque.
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. Crescent Moon "Legal Leadership" Award.