About Judge Arlene Coleman Romeo

Arlene Y. Colman-Romeo was admitted to the State of Illinois Supreme Court in May of 1987. Additionally, she is admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Northern and Central Districts of Illinois and the Seventh Circuit of Appeals. She is a 1987 graduate of IIT/Chicago Kent College of Law and a cum laude graduate of Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia.

Throughout her career, Judge Coleman Romeo has been appointed to and served on many boards including but not limited to the African American Employment Plan Advisory Council (2011-present); the Illinois Board of Admissions (2015-present); the National Conference of Bar Examiners – the organization responsible for the development, delivery, and grading of the Uniform Bar Exam for admission to practice law; and the Bernie Mac Foundation (2020-present). 

As an active member of the Cook County Bar Association (CCBA), Ms. Coleman served as the 74th President during the 2015-16 bar year. During her years of service with the CCBA, Ms. Coleman developed and chaired the “Dr. Martin Luther King Call a Lawyer Day of Service” program where lawyers and judges volunteered to provide pro bono legal consultations to the public in various practice areas. She spearheaded a series of forums entitled, “Know Your Rights” which provided legal education to members of African American communities on interactions with the police officers and safeguards against police violence or misconduct. 

Ms. Coleman’s years of experience have resulted in a diverse practice which includes Title VII employment discrimination claims; employee discharge and disciplinary proceedings; probate litigation including the administration of decedent, disabled adults, and minor’s estates, and real estate matters. Ms. Coleman has served as General Counsel for several not-for-profit corporations and small businesses which involved incorporation, contract drafting, and negotiations. She is a chair qualified Arbitrator with the Circuit Court of Cook County. Formerly a Managing Member of the law firm of Coleman & Brown, LLC, Ms. Coleman has owned her own practice since June 1996. She is a frequent speaker at local schools, churches, and community-based organizations. She is a member of Vernon Park Church of God where she serves as the Director of the Justice Ministry and member of the Scholarship & Education Committee and Farm Team member.