Deanna R. Blair, Esq.

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Deanna R. Blair is a founding member in the firm, Caravelli | Blair Law, LLC, where she practices domestic relations law, including cases involving divorce, allocation of parental responsibilities (formerly 'custody'), visitation (parenting time), child support, and paternity. 


Ms. Blair is active in local bar associations, including the Women's Bar Association of Illinois, and the Chicago Bar Association. Ms. Blair served as a Director on the Women's Bar Association's Board of Directors, where she was also elected to serve as Recording Secretary and Financial Secretary. Ms. Blair was appointed to serve as co-chair of the Women's Bar Association's Judicial Evaluation Committee and Domestic Relations Roundtable for several years. 


Ms. Blair received a Bachelor of Arts from The Evergreen State College in 1996, and earned her Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Lewis and Clark Law School, in Portland, Oregon, in 2001. 


Following her graduation from law school, Ms. Blair practiced at Legal Aid Services of Oregon, providing free legal services to low income individuals, including survivors of domestic violence. She was twice awarded the Lewis & Clark's Pro Bono Honors Award, has been named an Illinois Super Lawyer, and an Illinois Rising Star. 

Education

Lewis & Clark Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2001

The Evergreen State College, B.A., 1996

Awards and Honors

Advocate for Diversity Award, Diversity Scholarship Foundation, October 10, 2013


Women's Bar Association, Extra Mile Award for Services as Co-Chair, Judicial Evaluation Committee, 2009 - 2010


Illinois Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012


Lewis & Clark Pro Bono Honors Award, Spring 2000, and Spring 2001


Dean's List, Lewis & Clark School of Law, 1999, 2000, and 2001

Memberships

Women's Bar Association of Illinois

     - Member, Hooton Committee, 2017 - 2018

     - Financial Secretary, 2015 - 2016

     - Recording Secretary, 2014-2015

     - Member, Board of Directors, 2009 - 2014

     - Co-Chair, Judicial Evaluation Committee, 2009 - 2014

     - Member, Alliance of Bar Associations for Judicial Screening, 2008 - 2014


Illinois  State Bar Association

     - Member, Family Law Section


Chicago Bar Association

     - Member, Domestic Relations Committee


IVI-IPO

     - Member, Judicial Review Committee, 2012 - 2014


Phi Delti Phi Legal Fraternity 

     - Member, 2000 - present


Speaking Engagements

Panelist, "The New Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act: Changing the Practice of Family Law in Illinois," December 1, 2015, Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, with the Women's Bar Association of Illinois


Panelist, "How to Network Your Way to the Top," January 21, 2014, Women's Bar Association of Illinois, hosted by McDermott Will & Emery


Panelist, "Empowering Yourself: Empowerment Through Networking," November 21, 2013, Women in the Law Society at Chicago-Kent College of Law and the Women's Bar Association of Illinois Young Lawyers Committee


Panelist, "Law School / Career Day, Project Law Track," April 10, 2014, Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwestern Indiana


Annual Presenter, "Child Support, Custody, Orders of Protection, and Visitation," New Moms, Inc., Summer 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008; Women Everywhere Partners in Service Project