2017 McGreal Lecture: Kimberly M. Foxx

Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 4:30pm
Martin Recital Hall - Fine Arts Building - Main Campus - 7900 West Division Street - River Forest IL

kimmfoxx.jpgPlease join us for the Annual McGreal Lecture. Cook County State's Attorney Kimberly M. Foxx will present, "Our Shared Responsibility: A Conversation on Reform in the Criminal Justice System." 

Kimberly M. Foxx is the first African-American woman to lead the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, the second largest prosecutor’s office in the country. She is a passionate supporter and advocate for a more balanced criminal justice system that includes reform, restoring trust and working proactively with the community to increase public safety. Foxx’s life experiences, including being born to a teenage mother and raised in the Cabrini Green public housing complex, have provided with personal insight on the impact of crime, violence and poverty on our communities.

Prior to being elected State’s Attorney, Foxx served as chief of staff for Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. As Preckwinkle’s senior advisor and lead strategist, she oversaw a $4 billion annual budget and served as the lead architect of the county’s criminal justice reform agenda addressing racial disparities in the criminal and justice systems. A veteran prosecutor, Foxx served as an assistant state’s attorney in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office for 12 years and as a senior attorney at the Cook County Public Guardian’s Office, where she advocated for children navigating the child welfare system, many of whom had been abused, neglected or had special needs.

Foxx holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a J.D. from Southern Illinois University.

About the McGreal Lecture

The objective of the annual McGreal Lecture is to engage the Dominican University community in a stimulating, strategic conversation as a way of kick starting the new academic year. The event attracts an audience of faculty, staff, trustees, Dominican Sisters and students, many of whom are first-generation, low-income and increasingly diverse. The majority of our students are from the City of Chicago and, therefore, are very concerned with the violence that is impacting many neighborhoods in our city. The McGreal Lecture honors the late Sister Nona McGreal, OP, former director of Project OPUS, a national program of research on the history of American Dominicans.