"The combined experience of our research and appeals department gives our clients the security to know their appellate issues are thoroughly researched, persuasively presented and, when necessary, effectively argued to the reviewing court."
If a party believes the trial court ruled incorrectly in a final judgment on issues of custody, child support, maintenance (formerly known as alimony), business valuation, property division, discovery, contempt, or other related matters, the party may challenge the trial court’s decision in the Illinois Appellate Court or the Supreme Court of Illinois. Or, if a party’s former spouse challenges a trial court’s order, the party may decide to write a brief to the reviewing court in support of the order. In either instance, the party will need the assistance of an appellate attorney.
Ms. Burke has dedicated her legal career to the practice of appellate law. Prior to joining Schiller DuCanto & Fleck LLP, she was a judicial clerk to justices on the Michigan Supreme Court and the Illinois Appellate Court. As a clerk, she read hundreds of appellate briefs, performed research on a wide range of legal issues, and drafted numerous proposed judicial opinions and orders. Since 2008, she has taught appellate law, with a focus on effective written and oral advocacy, at Loyola University School of Law and DePaul University School of Law.
Ms. Burke utilizes her expertise in appellate practice at SDF where her practice includes family law appeals. She utilizes all available methods of research to thoroughly, yet cost-effectively, master the issues presented on appeal. Also, using her unique perspective as a former judicial clerk and legal instructor, she presents the issues to the reviewing court in a persuasive, comprehensive, and understandable way. Ms. Burke also has experience arguing before the Illinois Appellate Court.
Ms. Burke is also a trained collaborative law attorney. Through the collaborative law process, parties agree to resolve their disputes outside of the courtroom by using the expertise of a team of interdisciplinary professionals.
Her dedication to the legal profession extends beyond the courtroom. She actively gives back to her alma maters, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Michigan State University College of Law, by mentoring undergraduate and law students who are interested in pursuing legal careers. She is the President of the Michigan State University College of Law Alumni Association Board of Directors. She also represents victims of domestic violence by assisting them in obtaining emergency and plenary orders of protection.
Michigan State University College of Law, J.D. (concentration in Family Law) (Law Review Editor) (2005)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.S. (2001)
Appellate Lawyers Association
Chicago Bar Association
Illinois State Bar Association
State Bar of Michigan
DePaul University College of Law (2008 – present)
Loyola University School of Law (2010 – 2011)
Michigan State University College of Law Alumni Association Board of Directors (Member, President-Elect) (2007 – present)
Michigan State University College of Law (Mentor) (2009 – present)
University of Illinois Leadership Center (Mentor) (2008-2009)
Articles and Publications
High Court Reviews Two Same-Sex Marriage Cases this Week (Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, March 25, 2013)
A Joint Parenting Agreement is a Contract (SDF Blog, November 28, 2012)
Pet Ownership in Illinois Divorce Cases (SDF Blog, May 10, 2012)
I’m Dissatisfied with the Trial Court’s Decision – What Can I Do? (SDF Blog, March 12, 2012)This isMy Home (SDF Newsletter, Winter 2011)
Welfare of Pets in Dissolution Cases (Illinois Bar Journal, October 2011)
Illinois Family Law: Property and Financial Aspects in Dissolution Actions (Chapter 7: Marital Settlement Agreements) (IICLE, 2011)
Effects of the Civil Union Act in Illinois (Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, January 28, 2011)