LaShonda Hunt | Chief of Legal Counsel
LaShonda A. Hunt was named chief legal counsel for the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) on Feb. 2, 2015. Prior to joining IDOC, she served as an assistant U.S. attorney in Chicago, where she defended the United States and federal agencies in civil litigation matters and investigated complex fraud schemes. Hunt began her legal career as a litigation associate at a national law firm, followed by federal clerkships with the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and Judge William Hibbler in the Northern District of Illinois. She also served as an in-house lawyer and regulatory affairs liaison in the utility industry.
Hunt is active in the legal community and currently serves the Black Women Lawyers’ Association of Greater Chicago, Inc. as vice-president (and president-elect) and is a member of the Scholarship Fund Board. She is a member of the Chicago Bar Association and serves as co-vice chair of the Federal Civil Practice Committee and also is an investigator for the Judicial Evaluation Investigations Committee. She was recently appointed to the Northern District of Illinois Pro Bono Advisory Committee.
Hunt is a Leadership Greater Chicago (LGC) Fellow (Class of 2013) and member of the LGC Program Committee. She previously served on the boards of the Just the Beginning Foundation where she chaired youth programs for the 2012 Biennial Conference and Cabrini Green Legal Aid. Hunt received the Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) Distinguished Alumni Award in 2007 and was a 2006 honoree in the Law Bulletin’s “40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch.”
Hunt received her juris doctorate from the University of Michigan Law School and her bachelor of science degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
The mission of Legal Services is to provide department administrators with legal advice and counsel on an array of issues, coordinate legal representation with the Office of the Attorney General, review proposed legislation, assist assistant attorneys general with discovery and case management, train staff on legal issues, respond to correspondence, handle Human Rights matters and a host of other various assignments.
The department attorneys address issues involving staff, inmates, personnel, fiscal, medical and numerous other areas. The attorneys are full-time dedicated professionals, who strive to provide proper guidance to the department in a manner that will assure offenders of their constitutional right.