Linda Rio Reichmann
Linda Rio Reichmann is an attorney, child advocate and child law consultant. Linda is working as the consultant to the CHRC on its Legal Services Assessment for Child Trafficking Survivors.
Linda was the founding Director of the American Bar Association’s Child Custody Pro Bono Project, a position she held for five years. Prior to the ABA, Linda worked for six years as the Community Services Director at the Chicago Bar Association and Foundation, a position she created. In that job, Linda focused on the legal needs of children and families. She set up courthouse assistance desks to serve families and children involved in domestic violence, divorce, and private guardianships. She established and ran the first pro bono adoption program in Cook County, in partnership with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. She also served for five years on the Board and Executive Committee of Prevent Child Abuse-Illinois. Linda is on the Program Committee of the Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights, was on its Advisory Board at its formation as the Immigrant Child Advocacy Project in 2004, and recently worked as a consultant for the Center on a report on child trafficking.
Throughout her career Linda has been an active volunteer for children, including taking pro bono appointments from the Circuit Court of Cook County to represent children in contested divorce cases, and representing children and parents with AIDS. Among prior pro bono work, Linda argued and won the Illinois appellate court case that set the precedent for standby guardianships for minors in Illinois. Linda held an elected office on the School District 181 Board of Education from 2008-2011, including as President and Vice-President.
Linda served as the Chair of the Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyers Section, and for several years on its Executive Committee. She also served on the boards of the AIDS Legal Council, the Center for Conflict Resolution, and Voices for Illinois Children's Charter for Children Steering Committee. She held prior appointments on several Cook County justice systems committees, including the Child Protection Division Advisory Workgroup and the Family Violence Coordinating Council.
Linda received her J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law in 1988, and her B.A. in American Studies from Northwestern University in 1985. Following law school, Linda was a staff attorney at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and then in private practice at Sidley & Austin for five years prior to establishing the position of Community Services Director at the Chicago Bar Association and Foundation.