Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority Welcomes New General Counsel

CHICAGO—April 11, 2016. Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority Executive Director John Maki today welcomes Angie Weis as new Authority General Counsel & Chief of Staff. Ms. Weis joins the Authority from the law firm of Sidley Austin LLP where she worked on a variety of complex civil litigation matters. Prior to joining Sidley, Ms. Weis was Counsel & Policy Analyst for the John Howard Association. She is a member of the John Howard Association’s Board of Directors and she served as President of its Young Professionals Board from 2010 to 2014.

Angie Weis
Angie Weis

“The Authority’s General Counsel is essential to all aspects of Authority operations, from overseeing the administration of more than $100 million in grant funding to protecting the agency’s overall legitimacy,” Executive Director Maki said. “Through her experience, judgment, and commitment to the state’s criminal justice system, I know that Ms. Weis will strengthen the Authority and our ability to realize the agency’s mission of improving public safety through research-driven grantmaking and policy work.”

Ms. Weis has a strong record of providing criminal pro bono legal services. She worked closely with lawyers at the Children & Family Justice Center of Northwestern University School of Law on post-conviction litigation related to Miller v. Alabama, a U.S. Supreme Court case in which the Court held that mandatory sentences of life without the possibility of parole are unconstitutional for juvenile offenders.

Ms. Weis holds a Juris Doctor from Duke University School of Law and a Bachelor of Science in Management degree in Finance and Legal Studies in Business from Tulane University.