Rachael Gross earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Rachael’s passion for the law and her lifelong commitment to helping people in need led to her decision to attend law school. Rachael graduated from IIT-Chicago Kent College of Law with highest honors in 1991. During her tenure at Law school, Rachael was a member of the Law Review staff, Dean’s Advisory Council and the honors society Order of the Coif.
Rachael has significant litigation experience in both the civil and criminal arenas from her work as an attorney at the Chicago law firm, Phelan, Pope & John and as an Assistant Attorney General at the Illinois Office of the Attorney General.
Because of her passion for advocating on behalf of families and individuals undergoing severe hardship, Rachael has done extensive volunteer legal work in a variety of capacities. She has filed multiple discrimination complaints with the U.S. Office for Civil Rights. Rachael served as a volunteer attorney with Equip for Equality’s Special Education clinic and is currently the Director of Legal Affairs for Evanston Citizens for Appropriate Education (CASE). As a member of CASE, she has been a staunch advocate for system-wide improvements in education for children with disabilities. Rachael has presented research and recommendations to the Evanston Board of Education on topics such as the inappropriate use of isolated time out and seclusion, discrimination and serial suspensions for children with disabilities. She frequently speaks to parent groups to inform their understanding of special education rights and to heighten disability awareness in the community.
Rachael is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Illinois and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. She is a member of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) and the Illinois State Bar Association.