University Park, IL, September 16, 2008 — As part of the Distinguished Lecture Series at Governors State University, Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez will speak to students, faculty, staff, and the community at a free and public presentation on October 1, at 6 p.m. Alvarez is Cook County's first female and first Latina State's Attorney. Her presentation is part of the university's observance of Hispanic Heritage Month.
Alvarez' comments will offer perspective from her 22-year career serving in the Cook County State's Attorney's Office. At the time of her historic election on November 4, 2008, Alvarez held the rank of Chief Deputy State's Attorney, the third ranking post in the nation's second largest prosecutor's office. During her career, she has handled hundreds of felony cases dealing with homicide, narcotics, armed robbery, criminal sexual assaults, and domestic violence. She has argued before the Illinois Appellate Court and tried more than 50 felony jury trials.
Alvarez' presentation will be held in The Center for Performing Arts. A question and answer period will follow. This Distinguished Lecture eries is free, open to the public, and sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences. Governors State University is located at 1 University Parkway, University Park. For more information, call ( 708 ) 235-3956.