Athena Farmakis has dedicated her legal career to serving the public as a Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney. With 23 years of experience, Athena brings to the table a very unique well- rounded and balanced career. She has been a zealous advocate for victims of homicide, sexual assault, child abuse, and various other violent crimes. She has also led the prosecution of countless weapons, narcotics and animal cruelty cases. Athena has tried 67 jury trials and hundreds of bench trials where she has prosecuted adult, gang and violent offenders and protected minors from abuse and neglect in complex, media-sensitive cases. She has also handled and argued cases before the Illinois Appellate Court and is currently a supervisor in the Preliminary Hearings Unit of the Criminal Prosecutions Unit where she oversees and supervises felony cases presented for preliminary hearing.
Athena spent nearly one-third of her career as a line assistant and supervisor implementing the principles of Balanced and Restorative Justice in prosecuting minors for criminal offenses while serving in the Juvenile Justice Division of the Juvenile Justice Bureau. Her juvenile experience cultivated her flexibility and compassion as a prosecutor where she was able to utilize and employ diversion and rehabilitative programs for non-violent juvenile offenders. She also sat on the Redeploy Illinois Oversight Board which oversees and promotes non-detention community based alternatives for non-violent youth.
Athena was born and raised in the Chicagoland area and is a graduate from Northwestern University and DePaul College of Law. She is very active in our community and currently serves as the vice-president of her condominium association in Lincoln Park where she has lived for the past 16 years. She loves dogs and cherishes her volunteer work at animal shelters and organizations serving the underprivileged youth. Athena is involved with and supports numerous local bar associations including the Women's Bar Association and Hellenic Bar Association where she currently serves as an officer and has chaired the Judicial Evaluation, Law Day and Career Corner committees. She also served on the Diversity Scholarship Foundation’s scholarship committee. Athena has taught law related topics at area middle schools as part of the Constitutional Rights Foundation's Lawyers in the Classroom program and has served as a substitute trial advocacy instructor and mock trial judge at the Chicago-Kent College of Law.
Athena's extensive and broad based experience as a prosecutor has earned her the reputation amongst her peers as being a very competent and successful litigator. In addition, her work ethic exemplifies the intangible qualities of fairness, integrity and common sense. As a judge, our community would benefit from her compassion, trial experience, integrity, honesty and sound decision making skills.