Ariel Yang Hodges


Ariel externed for Judge Michael F. Otto, Circuit Court of Cook County in Chicago where she briefed cases and conducted research for the Mortgage Foreclosure/Mechanics Lien Section. She reviewed default judgment packets and noted the Judge for inconsistencies and errors. She also assisted in organizing the court calls and appeared for both default and contested calls. Additionally, she produced an internal memorandum to assist the Judge for a commercial foreclosure case.

Ms. Hodges also worked at the John Marshall Law School Pro Bono Clinic
where she conducted intake interviews with prospective clients and frequently engaged in correspondence with current clients, conducted research on case law and statutes for prisoner’s rights and other civil rights cases, and drafted and filed response brief to summary judgement in the Northern District of Illinois.

Ms. Hodges worked in the Cook County Public Defender’s Office where her duties at Child Protection Division were conducting factual investigations and preparing cross-examinations; participated in child-family meetings and mediations; produced an internal research memorandum about a circuit court judge’s authority in making sua sponte rulings. Her duties at the Homicide Task Force included: assisted supervising attorneys in preparing trials; conducted factual investigations by listening to audio files and watching video files; drafted motion to preclude identification; drafted motion to suppress statements.


Bachelor of Arts in Health and Society and Theatre Arts, Beloit College

Juris Doctor, The John Marshall Law School, Cum Laude


Restorative Justice Project, Coordinator, Chicago, IL
Research Assistant, Professor Hugh Mundy, Chicago, IL


Native fluency in Mandarin Chinese; proficient in written and spoken English