About

Arthur Sutton speaking to a group of people on the Southside

Biography

       Arthur D. Sutton was born in Yazoo, Mississippi.  He was raised on the south side of Chicago in the Robert Taylor Projects and attended DuSable High School. He played basketball for DuSable, which earned him a scholarship St. Francis University, a NCAA college in Loretta, Pennsylvania. Arthur transferred from St. Francis and graduated from Aurora University in 1977 with a BA degree in Criminal Justice. He immediately began working for the Department of Corrections in various positions. He has served as a Correctional Counselor, Parole Agent, and Chief Warrant Officer for the State’s Attorney Office. Arthur later attended Governor’s State University where he pursued a master’s degree in Public Administration in 1982.


     Arthur went on to law school in 1990 and received his Juris Doctorate Degree in Law from William Mitchell Law School, now known as Hamlin-Mitchell School of Law in St. Paul, MN. He graduated on January 10, 1993 with honors. He received his license to practice law in Illinois in November 1993. He was admitted to the Northern District of Illinois and the Supreme Court of Illinois trial bar in 1993. 


     Arthur’s began his legal career in the Cook County Public Defender’s Office in 1993. He started in the Juvenile Detention Center on 11thHamilton, where he tried cases including but not limited to, Abuse and Neglect, Criminal Juvenile delinquency and Civil termination of parental rights. Arthur left the Public Defender’s Office and opened his own practice in 1995, as a diverse solo practitioner. At that time, he was representing civil and criminal cases. Arthur has tried over 100 bench and jury trial cases since his start in 1993. As a litigation attorney, Arthur has represented civil cases including i.e. Family law, probate, real estate, estate planning, election law, housing violations, traffic DUI, Chancery and Law Division, breach of contract and others. Criminally, cases range from felony First Murder, Armed Robbery, Burglary, Home Invasion, Possession of Controlled Substance, Theft, and others.  Judicial bar associations, he has been found qualified by ALL the alliance bar associations. 


     In 2010, Arthur was appointed as Administrative Law Judge and later appointed as Deputy Chief of Parole for the Department of Corrections. To date, Arthur has been working in law enforcement for over 35 years on the state and federal level. Arthur is the Chairman of Trustees at the Acme Church. He is also a composer and musician. He has sponsored a free community festival every year for the past 25 years, providing entertainment and giving back-to-school supplies to the returning students. Arthur is the founder of the ASGOP scholarship Foundation, where he annually awards ten (10) scholarships to students pursuing their vocational and educational goals beyond high school. 


      He is currently married to Janet Sutton. They have been married for 25 years with three (3) children and three (3) grandchildren. They currently reside in Matteson, Illinoi

Education

1969-1973     Dusable High School, Chicago,IL.                                   

                      Diploma - Graduated with Honors

          

1974 - 1975  Wilbur Wright college, Addison, Illinois

                      Associate Arts Degree - Physical Ed. and Psychology


1975 - 1977    Aurora University, Aurora, IL.

                      Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice


1990 - 1992  William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, Minn.

                       Juris Doctorate - Member of Admissions Committee Assistant

                       Director of Student Affairs                        

Experience

Correctional parole agent III Maywood,IL

Cook County Jail Liaison Chicago,IL

Illinois Department of Corrections, Springfield,IL

Department of justice, Drug Enforcement Agency Special Agent 

St. Paul Department of Human Rights  Law Clerk

Hill-McClain & Dockery Law Firm Law Clerk 

Minnesota Attorney General Office, Legal Counsel 

Cook County Public Defender's office, Delinquency, Child Abuse , and parental  Rights Defense Attorney Chicago,Illinois

Arthur D. Sutton & Associates, Solo Practitioner  

Administrative Law Judge



 


Career Highlights

Private Law practice - Civil and Criminal Litigator 

Civil prosecution and criminal Defense litigator.Litigate personal injury, contract, porbate, real estate, family law and criminal cases, Juvenile and adult felony cases;Hearing officer for Central Management Systems, Church Law and school Law Tried jury trials and over a 100 civil and criminal bench trials from murder to traffic.


 Cook County Public Defender Office - Defense Attorney Litigated abuse and neglect cases, Termination of parental rights, delinquency, and misdemeanor cases and felony trial work


Minnesota Attorney General's Officer 

Legal intern - Attorney in training

 

Legal Assistance to Minnesota prisoners 

Student Administration Director - Supervised Ten (10) Student Attorneys with preparation for Minnesota prison pro-bono legal clinic 


Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement agency

Special agent


Illinois Department of Corrections 

Functioned in several positions

Teaching Experience

Illinois Department of Corrections - Parole School 

Taught Parole based curriculum for paroles scheduled for release into the community

Illinois Department of Corrections - Parole Re-entry Coordinator 

Instructed parole Re-Entry staff on the policy and procedures for monitoring contracts within the community yo ensure sucessful reintegration for returning offenders. 


Acme Baptist Church Sunday School  - Teach and lecture members of the congregation on various biblical principles of the Bible in Sunday School and group meetings. 


Guest Lecturer Governors State University -  lectured in Criminal Justice course number CJUS 2360 discussing the criminal procedures from the street arrest navigating through to trial and sentencing of a defendant. Governors State University Criminal course number CJUS 7230, discussing Constitutional issues in the Criminal Justice system and Wrongful Convictions.



Special Appointments

Special Appointments 

DCFS Administrative Law Judge, Deputy Chief Parole- IDOC, Commissioner appointed to the Police and Fire Department, for the Village of Matteson, Illinois, former Commissioner of Housing and Human Relations Commission for the Village of Matteson, Illinois. To promote the long-term racial diversity and stable integration of the community through development of programs and recommendations designed to ensure that there exists full and equal access to and demand for housing opportunities throughout the community without regard to race, color, sex, age, religion or national origin. 

Village of Matteson Special Appointment

Advised the Village President and Board of Trustees on Human Relations and Housing matters; research and design program recommendations; maintain and analyze housing transaction statistics; review and recommend ordinances, programs and practices which prevent housing discrimination and enhance racial stability. As Police and Fire Commissioner, oversaw hiring and discipline procedures for the Village of Matteson police and fire fighter Commission. 

Certificates and Endorsements

Arthur Sutton & The Gift Of Praise Scholarship Honorees.

Other Interests, Certificates and Affiliations

Rutan Certification as Interviewer; Trial Litigation; Basketball and Baseball Coach; Golf; Gospel song writer and producer, Musician, play bass and lead guitar; Chicago Bar Association; Cook County Bar Association; Illinois Bar Association; American Bar Association; CPR and First Aid approved; Certified Firearms Instructor; Black Law Student Association; American Correctional Association; Chairman of Trustee Board Deacon and legal Counsel of the Acme M.B. Church; Rich Township Democratic Organization Member; 2006 Candidate for Judge in the 15th Sub-Circuit of Illinois; Volunteer legal Counsel for Southside Churches and Community. Village of Matteson Basketball and Baseball Coaching Volunteer; Racial diversity and unity coordinator in Village of Matteson. 

Found Qualified for Judge by the following Bar Associations

Asian American Bar Association, Cook County Bar Association, The Decalogue Society of Lawyers, Illinois State Bar Association, Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago, Women's Bar Association of Illinois, Black Women Lawyers' Association, Hellenic Bar Association, Puerto Rican Bar Association, Hispanic Bar, Chicago Council of Lawyers.

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