The village of Oak Park has named Rasheda D. Jackson as its new assistant village attorney, according to a village news release.

Jackson previously served as an associate with Chicago law firm Shiller Preyar, which offers local government administration legal services in the areas of land use, zoning, real estate and building code violation defense.

She succeeds Simone Boutet, the longtime assistant village attorney who left the position in August 2015.

The village notes Jackson’s experience in civil rights litigation, business licensing and a range of property and municipal code law. At Shiller Preyar she represented property owners in cases involving zoning variances, special use permits and building code violations.

Jackson also previously served as staff attorney with the Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing, a community-based housing organization, representing low-income tenants. In that role, she worked to grow a group of volunteer attorneys who provide pro bono legal counsel to low-income people.

“Having someone with Rasheda’s experience on staff will enhance the services the Law Department provides to the village manager and administrative staff, as well as to the village board,” Village Attorney Paul L. Stephanides said in the news release. “A second staff attorney is essential to the timely completion of important village business that must occur within the strict parameters defined by local, state and federal law.”

Jackson graduated from Grambling State University and earned her juris doctor degree from Louisiana State University Law Center in Baton Rouge. She launched her career as a law clerk for the 19th Judicial District Court in East Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

“I am very excited about my new role with the village of Oak Park, which also is my family’s home,” Jackson said in the news release. “I am looking forward to this opportunity to expand my knowledge and experience with matters that directly affect not only residents, but also the business owners, organizations and activists who are essential to the vitality of our community.”

As an assistant village attorney, Jackson is tasked with defending the village against lawsuits, serving as in-house counsel to village staff and the village board of trustees and directing the services of outside legal counsel.

The position is effective June 13.


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