Timothy Wright, a Prominent Chicago based Civil Attorney and International Affairs Champion, announced his campaign for Judge in Chicago’s 5th Sub Circuit of Cook County. Attorney Wright made this decision after reviewing the results of a recent listening tour throughout the district as well as his exploratory committee.
“It’s noticeably clear that residents within the 5th Sub Circuit have a keen sense of how our criminal justice system must be enhanced. I am honored that the constituents throughout the southside have continued to inspire and encourage me to consider this office. To that end, I want to be the beacon of hope to ensure that the core principles of justices are applied in every aspect of the bench. I have heard the voices of the people and proudly announce my candidacy for Judge of the 5th Sub Circuit of Cook County.” says Attorney Wright.
Attorney Wright, a native of Compton, California, is considered a pillar within the progressive communities of Chicago. He has served in various capacities within government and the legal profession. Wright received his law degree from the UCLA School of Law in 1983. Wright began building a national reputation for himself when he served as Director of Intergovernmental Affairs as well as Counsel to the late Chicago Mayor Harold Washington. He also served as Chief of Staff to United States Congressman Bobby Rush, City of Chicago Commissioner of Economic Development, Domestic Policy Director for the Bill Clinton/Al Gore Campaign Team and was the lead attorney to former United States Senator Roland Burris of Illinois.
During law school, as a student activist in the anti-apartheid movement, Mr. Wright worked with the United Nations on legal matters pertaining to the independence of several African Countries. As a lawyer, Mr. Wright participated in the constitutional negotiations in Cape Town, South Africa, that led to the release of Nelson Mandela. Mr. Wright also served as a legal participant with the U.N. Council for Namibia and as an International Election Monitor for South Africa’s first ever-free elections, assigned to monitor the elections in the Western Cape teaming with Nigerian President Obasanjo of Nigeria and New York Mayor David Dinkins.
Mr. Wright, who resides in the Hyde Park community, was a Director for the Southern African Economic Development Fund along with Ambassador Andrew Young and as a Director of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago. He has also served as Chairman of the Sub-Saharan African Advisory Committee of the Export-Import Bank of the United States.
In January 2010, Mr. Wright was one of the winners in Politico magazine’s second annual “Reed Awards,” which are presented to “political and public affairs professionals at the top of their game,” according to the magazine. Mr. Wright was an award recipient in the special category, “Best Bare-Knuckled Street Fight Victory,” for his work, as Illinois senator Roland Burris’ lead attorney, in getting the U.S. Senate to allow Burris to obtain his appointed U.S. Senate seat.
Mr. Wright received a dual Bachelor of Arts in political science and economics from Claremont in 1977; a Juris Doctor from UCLA School of Law in 1983; He earned a Master of Divinity degree from the Chicago Theological Seminary in May 2018; and is currently studying for his Doctorate in Ministry Degree. He is a member of the Prophetic Leader Cohort at McCormick Theological Seminary, specializing in Liberation Ecclesiology, faith-based community economic development in urban communities.