Staff Attorney Brandon Tillman joined the Prairie State team as part of the Justice, Equity, and Opportunity Initiative in our Rockford office in 2021. He started his legal career at the Winnebago County Public Defender’s Office in 2017 as an Assistant Public Defender, handling juvenile, DUI, misdemeanor, as well as felony cases.

Brandon earned his JD from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. While there he earned the Bruce Beilfuss Memorial Award for outstanding service to the law school. He also was recognized by the University of Wisconsin Pro Bono Society, with a distinction award for exemplary pro-bono service and as volunteer of the semester. The Dane County Bar Association also acknowledged Brandon as Law Student of the Year, for his commitment to pro bono service. He attended the University of Chicago where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Policy. Prior to law school, he attended the University of Chicago and graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Public Policy. Brandon is originally from Baltimore, MD. and enjoys spending time with family and good food.

We are delighted to have Brandon among us.

Prairie State’s Justice, Equity, and Opportunity (JEO)/Restore, Reinvest and Renew (R3) program is a 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.