A resident of Ukrainian Village, Jamie Guerra Dickler has worked tirelessly for our community as a Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney for the past 14 years. She currently serves as First Chair of the Felony Trial Division and has prosecuted a variety of felony cases including murder, sexual assault, narcotics, identity theft and fraud. Her work has helped promote safety in our neighborhoods while also helping protect the most vulnerable members of our community, including victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
Jamie is an experienced litigator and has tried hundreds of trials in the Felony Trial Division. She has prepared direct and cross-examinations of experts in the fields of pathology, psychiatry, chemistry, latent prints, DNA, gunshot residue and firearm and tool mark identification. She has evaluated hundreds of police investigations for sufficiency of evidence and the suitability of filing charges. Since entering the legal profession Jamie has been committed to showing respect and fairness to everyone in the courtroom – including both victims and defendants.
Jamie comes from a family of immigrants. Her mother and uncle came to the United States as refugees when they were children – as part of Operación Pedro Pan (Operation Peter Pan), a mass exodus of over 14,000 unaccompanied Cuban minors to the United States between 1960 and 1962. Her mother and uncle lived in a Catholic orphanage for over a year not knowing if they would ever see their parents again. Her father’s family fled anti-Semitic pogroms in the Ukraine shortly before he was born. Knowledge of the challenges her parents’ faced instilled in Jamie a respect for the importance of democracy and a fair and impartial justice system. She proudly embraces both her Latina and Jewish heritage.
Jamie has been giving back to the community through her involvement with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Chicago. She has been matched with the same little sister for nearly five years and enjoys helping her experience all that Chicago has to offer.
A graduate of University of Wisconsin and DePaul University College of Law, Jamie is also a member of the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois, the Decalogue Society of Lawyers – America’s oldest Jewish Bar Association, the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois and the Chicago Bar Association.
Jamie Guerra Dickler has been working for equality and justice her entire career and will continue to do so – with honesty and integrity – if elected to serve as Judge.
Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, Chicago, IL
Assistant State’s Attorney, September 2005 to present
Felony Trial Division, January 2013 to present (First Chair since November 2018)
- Prosecuted a variety of felony cases, including, murder, sexual assault, narcotics, identity theft and fraud
- Conducted pre-trial discovery and analyzed evidence in preparation for trial.
- Tried hundreds of bench trials and over 25 jury trials.
- Conducted hundreds of pre-trial motions including motions to quash and motions to dismiss.
- Prepared direct and cross-examinations of experts in the fields of pathology, psychiatry, chemistry, latent prints, DNA, gunshot residue and firearm and tool mark identification.
- Researched and responded to complex legal motions, both orally and in writing.
- Supervised and trained junior attorneys and law clerks.
Preliminary Hearings and Grand Jury Sex and Homicide Unit, April 2012 to January 2013
- Conducted numerous confidential felony proceedings before the Cook County Grand Jury
- Conducted grand jury investigations for felony cases to obtain evidence, including records and communications from financial institutions, hospitals and internet companies.
Felony Review Unit, January 2010 to April 2012
- Evaluated hundreds of police investigations for sufficiency of evidence and suitability of filing charges.
- Interviewed and took statements from victims, witnesses and defendants in a variety of investigations.
Misdemeanor and Domestic Violence Unit, September 2005 to January 2010
- Prosecuted a variety of misdemeanor cases including DUI’s and domestic violence as the senior attorney supervising and training new attorneys.
- Tried 80 bench trials and 6 jury trials.
United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois
Judicial Extern, Honorable Wayne R, Andersen, U.S. District Judge, January 2005 to May 2005.
- Research and draft memoranda.
DePaul University College of Law
Juris Doctor, May 2005
Hispanic National Bar Association Moot Court Coach 2005
Hispanic National Bar Association Moot Court Competitor 2004
Latino Law Student Association, Board Member, 2003-2005
University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, May 2001
Illinois Supreme Court, 2005
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Chicago
Amigos de las Americas, 1995
The Chicago Lighthouse Junior Board
Memberships: Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois, Decalogue Society, Women’s Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association and Illinois State Bar Association