EARLY EDUCATION AND CAREER
Ms. Roffman obtained her Bachelor of Arts from Northwestern University in 2010, with the double majors of Communication Studies and German. Ms. Roffman graduated from Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 2015 with a certificate in Children & Family Law.
While at Loyola, Ms. Roffman was a Child Law Fellow and completed specialized coursework focusing on juvenile justice. She was the Editor-In-Chief of the Children’s Legal Rights Journal and a member of both the National Moot Court Team and the Child Welfare and Adoption Moot Court Team, receiving awards for her oral and written advocacy in both. Throughout law school, Ms. Roffman interned at a number of organizations in Chicago including the Domestic Violence Legal Clinic, LAF Chicago, Chicago Volunteer Legal Services, Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers, and the Juvenile Justice Division of the Cook County Public Defender’s Office.
For the two years following graduation, Ms. Roffman served as an Equal Justice Works Fellow at Cabrini Green Legal Aid. She designed and implemented a legal project focused on advocating for young mothers whose interaction with the criminal justice system threatened their mother-child bonds. Ms. Roffman gained extensive litigation experience by representing clients in civil legal matters, including probate guardianship, allocation of parental responsibilities, divorce, adoption, and orders of protection. She regularly litigated cases on the Incarcerated Litigants Call, a pilot access to justice program created by the Chief Judge of the Domestic Relations Division to allow incarcerated litigants to participate in civil cases via video conference. Ms. Roffman also held legal clinics and taught legal courses in Illinois prisons, Cook County Jail, and the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center. As a fellow, she worked with stakeholders across Illinois to ensure that her clients had access to legal services, and improve processes of referral to community resources.
During that time, Ms. Roffman also created a new resentencing project based on changes to Illinois law, which allows survivors of domestic violence to seek a new criminal sentence. She worked with a coalition of advocates and attorneys to create a system to address the legal questions of women who may qualify for relief under the new law, and drafted pro se petitions for women to file.
Ms. Roffman is actively involved in volunteering with Chicago organizations committed to social justice. She is a certified Peace Circle Keeper and is involved in restorative justice efforts in Chicago. Ms. Roffman is a member of the Chicago Bar Association and Women’s Bar Association of Illinois. As an active alumna of Loyola University Chicago School of Law, she mentors law students, serves as a guest judge for moot court teams, and is involved with alumni activities. Ms. Roffman has presented on topics related to the representation of emerging adults.