On August 2, 2019, Hon. Sheree S. Henry (’94) was appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court to the Circuit Court of Cook County.
After receiving her law degree from Northern Illinois University, she worked at a civil rights firm for 4 months. She then became an Assistant Public Guardian and worked tirelessly to represent abused and neglected children. She joined the Cook County Public Defender’s Office a few years later where she represented those charged with criminal offenses. Her role as an assistant public defender allowed her to represent all the individuals in the Drug Court, Mental Health Court, and Veterans Court Programs in the Markham Courthouse. These programs provided sobriety, health education, and life coping skills to prevent individuals from returning into the criminal justice system.
Judge Henry has devoted her entire career to being the voice for the voiceless in and out of the courtroom. She has volunteered at food pantries and hosted expungement seminars. Judge Henry is an active member of Homewood Veterans Committee, Democratic Women of South Suburbs and Trinity United Church of Christ. She frequently speaks at churches, park districts and schools explaining the how the criminal justice system works.