Matthew W. Jannusch is an Assistant State’s Attorney with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, the second largest prosecutor’s office in the nation with more than 800 attorneys. Matthew is in his 20th year in the office and is currently assigned to the Community Justice Unit where he is tasked with reducing violence in Chicago Neighborhoods as well as reaching out to marginalized populations disproportionately affected by violence such as persons affected by mental illness, homeless youth, and transgender people of color, among others. Matthew has previously held assignments within the State’s Attorney’s Office in the Felony Trial Division, Domestic Violence, Mortgage Fraud, Public Corruption, Financial Crimes, and was a supervisor in the Child Support Enforcement Division. Matthew is the Immediate-Past President of the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group which is part of the larger Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiative of the office. Matthew serves as Treasurer on the Executive Board of Directors at LAGBAC, Chicago’s LGBTQ+ Bar Association and currently chairs the Nominations Committee. He recently stepped down from the LAGBAC Judicial Evaluation Committee after 12 years of service and is currently involved in the LAGBAC mentoring program. Matthew is an active member the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois LGBTQ+ Civil Rights Committee, the Cook County Bar Association’s LGBTQ Section, the North Suburban Bar Association, the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois, the Filipino American Lawyers Association of Chicago, the South Asian Bar Association of Illinois, and the Decalogue Society of Lawyers. Along with his bar activities, Matthew is active in other community organizations including the Junior Board for the Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind, one of Chicago’s oldest charitable organizations, which raises awareness and funds for visually impaired and blind children ages 0-3. He also participates as a member of his local neighborhood Park Advisory Council. Matthew has been a member of the National LGBT Bar Association since 2007 and has been an enthusiastic recruiter at the Lavender Law Conference and Career Fair for his employer over these many years. Matthew graduated cum laude from Northern Illinois University College of Law (NIU COL) in 2001 and was an Assistant Editor of the NIU COL Law Review.