Pam Paziotopoulos, Esq.
Pam began her career in 1990 as a prosecutor for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, quickly focusing on the area of domestic violence. In 1996, she joined the American Prosecutor’s Research Institute’s Criminal Prosecution Division as a Senior Attorney, traveling to 38 of the 50 states, conducting training and speaking on domestic violence. She oversaw curricula development and education in domestic violence prosecution, provided technical assistance to prosecutors and allied professionals, and developed training materials in the areas of domestic violence and stalking. In 1997, she was recruited to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office to create and supervise the Domestic Violence Division. She monitored the prosecution of over 100,000 domestic violence cases emanating each year from the city of Chicago and surrounding area. She created a Career Resource Center that continues to assist victims of domestic violence by providing a transition from welfare to work and established an “Adopt a Shelter Program,” partnering Cook County agencies with various domestic violence shelters. She helped secure over $900,000 in federal, state and private money to supplement these initiatives, and served as Chairperson and a member of various domestic violence committees throughout Cook County and the State of Illinois. In 2000, she became part of the elected State’s Attorney, Richard Devine’s, executive staff, and served as the Director of Public Affairs for the office. In 2002, Pam formed her own consulting group, serving both the public and private sectors. Pam joined Forest Advisors in 2010 as Senior Vice President, assisting clients and other organizations through education and policy guideline development.
Pam has developed and presented numerous training sessions on the topic of domestic violence, stalking, and workplace violence to corporations, security directors, human resource professionals, doctors, nurses, employee assistance providers, prosecutors, advocates, judges, law enforcement agencies, psychologists, shelter personnel, and court watchers. She has trained the Albanian National Police on domestic violence policy and procedures in Tirana, Albania. Pam has frequently been a keynote speaker on domestic violence.
She has also appeared on CNN, CNBC, and the Oprah Winfrey Show, as well as numerous national radio and news stations. She has appeared on the FBI’s Training Network, discussing domestic violence in the workplace. She was a consultant and participant in the FBI’s Violence in the Workplace Symposium, ASIS Workplace Violence Guidelines, the ABA Workplace Violence book, and the new 2011 SHRM workplace violence standards. She has authored numerous articles on the issues of domestic violence and stalking. Her article, “Violence Against Women Act: Federal Relief for State Prosecutors,” has been cited by Federal Courts of Appeal as decisive in defending the landmark legislation VAWA.
In July 2000, she was selected by Today’s Chicago Woman as one of 100 women making a difference in Chicago. In November 2000, she received the first Distinguished Alumni Award from Hinsdale South High School. In December 2008, she received an award from the Illinois Security Chiefs for making a difference in security, safety, and law Enforcement. Mayor Rahm Emanuel selected her to participate on the Public Safety Committee of his transition team in 2011.
Pam remains active with the Justice Department and continues to conduct research in the area of intimate partner violence. She also focuses on teaching corporations how to raise awareness and create practical solutions to workplace violence issues. She is a member of the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals, and the American Society of Industrial Security. She is licensed to practice law in Illinois and in Federal Court.
Pam has a Juris Doctorate degree from the IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is also a Certified Instructor for the International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program. Pam is an adjunct professor at the IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. She is also on the women's board at the Adler Planetarium. Pam served on Mayor Rahm Emanuel's Transition Teams and recently, Governor Bruce Rauner appointed her to the Illinois Criminal Justice Authority Board.
Memberships and Honors
Pam is licensed to practice law in Illinois and in Federal Court. She has been honored with numerous awards for her legal and advocacy work, including:
Community Service Award, Hellenic Bar Association, 2014.
Julia Beveridge Award, Illinois Institute of Technology, 2011.
“Making A Difference” Award, Illinois Security Chiefs Association, 2008.
Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, Hellenic American Police Association, 2002.
100 Women Making A Difference in Chicago, Today’s Chicago Woman, 2000.
Distinguished Alumni Award, Hinsdale South High School, 2000
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