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About Heather Kent
Heather Kent lives on the Northwest side of Chicago with her husband and two young sons. Ms. Kent was born and raised in Chicago where she attended St. Ignatius Grammar School and then St. Ignatius College Prep. She graduated with honors from Providence College in Rhode Island, earning a degree in Political Science. She then went on to obtain her J.D., with honors, from DePaul University School of Law where she became an Associate Justice and the Trial Team Coordinator of her Mock Trial team.
During law school, Ms. Kent became interested in criminal law and clerked for the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois. Upon passing the bar, Ms. Kent became an Assistant State’s Attorney with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. She spent a year in the misdemeanor branch courts where she learned to manage heavy caseloads, often trying numerous cases each day. She was then assigned to the Child Protection division at the Juvenile Courthouse working to protect and ensure the safety of our most vulnerable members of society. Spending several years in Juvenile Court, Ms. Kent learned the balanced and restorative model of justice, enabling offenders to make amends to their victims and the community through a more holistic approach to understanding and repairing harm that was done in a given situation.
Currently assigned to the felony trial division, Ms. Kent continues to believe in the importance of reducing recidivism rates through treatment programs that aim to help non-violent offenders reintegrate into the community in a meaningful way. During her career, Ms. Kent has litigated hundreds of motions, bench trials, and jury trials. She has handled and tried cases including murder, domestic violence, sexual assault, gun possession, narcotics, and financial fraud cases. Ms. Kent has spent countless hours with victims and their families preparing cases for trial or a fair resolution. Ms. Kent is committed to treating victims, police officers, defendants, courtroom personnel, and fellow attorneys professionally and with respect.
Ms. Kent believes strongly in giving back to the community she serves, including organizing book drives for Bernie’s Book Bank, volunteering at Feed My Starving Children, coaching college and law school level mock trial teams, and serving as judge for mock trial competitions.