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Sharone R. Mitchell, Jr.

Public Defender

The Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender

Cook County Public Defender Sharone R. Mitchell, Jr., is a passionate advocate for the rights of everyone represented by the Public Defender's office and for reform to increase justice in the legal system and to keep communities safe. His six-year appointment began in April 2021. Mitchell began his legal career as an assistant public defender in Cook County, including assignments in the Civil, First Municipal, and Felony Trial Divisions. He later joined the Illinois Justice Project, one of the state’s leading criminal justice reform non-profits, becoming that organization’s director in 2019.