Jaylin McClinton

Cook County Board of Commissioners

Jaylin will be the first out LGBTQ person of color ever elected to the Cook County Board of Commissioners!


Jaylin D. McClinton is a life-long Chicagoan, having grown-up in the Roseland neighborhood on the South Side, and current law student (3L) at the Chicago-Kent College of Law. Presently, McClinton is a Candidate for Cook County Board, 5th District; Law Clerk at DiCello Levitt Gutzler LLC; and a Center for Conict Resolution (CCR) Certied Mediator.

Previously, Jaylin completed a semester-long assignment in his law school’s Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution Clinic; was a Justice Summer Associate at Loevy & Loevy, a Chicago-based national civil rights law rm; held dual appointments as an Illinois Supreme Court Rule 711 Law Clerk in the Criminal Defense Clinic at his law school and as the Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) and Mary C. Russo Memorial Legal Intern at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Illinois; served as a federal judicial extern within the Northern District of Illinois; and before that in the legal department at Motorola Solutions, Incorporated through the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC).

Prior to law school, McClinton completed stints as District Manager for then-Illinois State Representative Juliana Stratton, now Lieutenant Governor of Illinois, and as the Obama Foundation’s rst-ever local Community Organizer responsible for bringing the Obama Presidential Center to Jackson Park. In these roles, Jaylin worked tirelessly to establish a strong, grassroots local community network and ensured their voices were at the focal point of every major decision. McClinton is also a former student member of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees and served the American people in the Obama-Biden Administration.

Jaylin is a proud alumnus of Saint Sabina Academy, Curie Metropolitan High School, where he was enrolled in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, and the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign, where he studied African-American Studies and Political Science with a Pre-Law Concentration obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts & Sciences. In addition, McClinton is set to graduate in May of 2022 from the Chicago-Kent College of Law with a Juris Doctor becoming the rst lawyer in his family.

Jaylin considers himself an avid runner, is passionate about reforming the American civil and criminal legal systems, still resides in his childhood home in the Roseland neighborhood, and has dedicated his professional career to public service.

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