Rachel Hernandez Hoag
Class of 2005
Rachel Hernandez Hoag began her career with the Community Crisis Center, a not for profit domestic violence shelter and social service agency in Elgin. Rachel has a passion for helping others and community building and attended NIU College of Law with that purpose in mind.
After graduating, she served as an Assistant State’s Attorney handling a variety of criminal and civil matters in Boone and Winnebago Counties, having a particular passion for seeking justice for children and victims of violent crimes. As an Assistant State’s Attorney, she managed a unit of 6 attorneys within the office, conducted bench and jury trials in civil and criminal court, and handled cases ranging from traffic and DUI to juvenile abuse and neglect, home repair fraud and murder. She attended Trial Advocacy and Advanced Trial Advocacy training at the National Advocacy Center in Columbia, South Carolina.
Rachel left her position with the State’s Attorney’s Office in 2008 and has since worked part-time on a contract basis for both government and private attorneys handling various legal issues including criminal and domestic relations while raising two beautiful children with her husband Jonathon. Rachel enjoys researching legislative changes in the law and had an article published regarding new hearsay exceptions in the DuPage County Bar Association Journal in July 2010.
Rachel has served as a board member and volunteer for many not for profit organizations and still volunteers for the Community Crisis Center. She is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, the Elizabeth Birt Center for Autism Law and Advocacy, and the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates.