By Tamara Cummings
, General Counsel
Tamara Cummings serves as General Counsel to the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police, a large public sector union representing law enforcement bargaining units.
has held that position since January, 2010.
She has worked as an attorney for the Labor Council since 2003, and in this capacity she has represented law enforcement officers and civilian employees in all areas of labor and employment relations.
has acted as lead counsel in contract negotiations, grievance arbitrations, interest arbitrations, discipline hearings and various court cases in circuit and appellate courts throughout the State of Illinois.
has been responsible for organizing picket lines and civic protests.
is involved in member and employee training and has recently been the chief speaker at Labor Council Critical Incident Seminars which have been held across the State
and attended by union members, State's Attorneys, Chiefs of Police
and County Sheriffs.
Prior to joining the Labor Council
worked for the Law Offices of Joseph V. Roddy where she
primarily defended and represented Chicago Police
Officers in administrative, criminal and civil matters.
tried cases in the Cook County Law, Municipal and Criminal Divisions as well as in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
also prepared and argued appeals before the Illinois Appellate Courts, and the United States Court of Appeals, both the Seventh and Eighth Circuits.
Tamara received her Bachelor's degree from the University of Chicago and her Juris Doctor degree from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.