Susan O’Neal works in our Bloomington office as a staff attorney in the Justice, Equity, and Opportunity/Restore, Reinvest and Renew (R3) program. Before coming to Prairie State this year, Susan was a senior attorney for Equip for Equality in Springfield, IL. Prior that Susan had a private practice in Peoria for more than 20 years, where she mainly handled Social Security disability, family law, and child welfare cases. In 2000 she was named “Pro Bono Attorney of the Year” for Tazewell County, IL. She received her BA at Illinois State University and her JD at the University of Illinois Chicago School of Law.

Susan is a great addition to our team!

JEO/R3 is Prairie State’s Community Lawyering Initiative that combines the knowledge and skills of community advocates and attorneys to help solve community identified legal issues, in historically marginalized communities, in a way that empowers local leaders and groups to move towards lasting change and racial equity. We work closely with community-based organizations, churches, and groups to provide not only legal assistance and education, but provide the skills and knowledge to support lasting change. The Justice, Equity, and Opportunity Program is funded in part from the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority under the Illinois Restore, Reinvest, and Renew Program.