Meet Clerk Dorothy Brown '96

Clerk Dorothy Brown '96Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County Dorothy Brown earned a juris doctor with honors from IIT Chicago-Kent in 1996. Brown made history when she was elected as the clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County in 2000—the first African-American to hold that position. She was re-elected in 2004, winning the race by an overwhelming margin. As the official keeper of records for all judicial matters in one of the largest unified court systems in the world, Dorothy is responsible for managing a workforce of more than 2,300 employees.

She began her career as an accountant and later became a CPA. Dorothy worked for Commonwealth Edison, Arthur Anderson, First National Bank of Chicago and the accounting firm Odell Hicks and Company. After working on the audit of the city of Chicago, she became the general auditor for the Chicago Transit Authority. In 2007, Dorothy received an IIT Professional Achievement Award for contributions to her profession.