Jacqueline M. Lacy earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration, cum laude, from Western Illinois University in 1998 and her Juris Doctor from The John Marshall Law School in 2002. She is licensed as an attorney in the state of Illinois, 2003; U. S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 2003; U. S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar, 2005.
In 2010 Ms. Lacy was appointed as the Vermilion County Public Defender. Prior to coming to Vermilion County, Ms. Lacy had been a supervising senior assistant in the DuPage County Public Defender’s Office since 2008. She began her career there advocating for the indigent, committed to ensuring proper procedures were followed in the courtroom as required by the U. S. and Illinois Constitutions. She has spent the last 13 years in courtrooms litigating criminal and civil cases. Ms. Lacy spent several years in private practice assisting divorce and criminal clients as well as prosecuting on a substitute basis for the Village of Arlington Heights as an associate for The Law Offices of Thomas Glasgow, Ltd.
In her community involvement, she is currently a board member of the Danville Library Foundation. She is a former board member of the Danville Boys and Girls Club, and the Danville Symphony Orchestra. A member of Danville Rotary Club, and she has served on the fundraiser committees for the Library Foundation’s “Page to Stage” fundraisers for the past four years.
In her professional association, she is currently a member of the Vermilion County Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, Supreme Court Committee on Pattern Jury Instructions-Criminal, East Central Illinois Women Attorneys Association, Executive Women’s Club (board of directors 2011-2012) and the National Rifle Association.
Chosen as one of Central Illinois Business Magazine’s “Forty under 40” in 2014, Ms. Lacy was selected in 2015 as a Patriotic Employer Award recipient from the Department of Defense.