Danielle Hirsch

Title/s:  Assistant Director, Civil Justice Division of the Administrative Office of Illinois Courts



Danielle Hirsch is the Assistant Director of the Civil Justice Division of the Administrative Office of Illinois Courts. In this role, Danielle is responsible for leading and managing the judicial branch's work to promote, facilitate and enhance access to justice in Illinois, with a particular emphasis on efforts to remove barriers and increase the ease of interacting with courts by persons who cannot afford lawyers to represent their interests and needs.

Danielle brings a broad range of relevant professional experiences to the Administrative Office. Immediately prior to joining the Commission, she served as the Executive Director of the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Access to Justice and before that, the Director of Advocacy at the Chicago Bar Foundation. Among many highlights of her work, Danielle developed and managed an innovative new program, Illinois JusticeCorps, which places college and law students in courthouses to provide procedural assistance to people without lawyers. Illinois JusticeCorps was awarded a competitive AmeriCorps grant to expand the program into courthouse across the State. Danielle has authored numerous articles in law reviews, bar journals and other publications and frequently is called upon to speak at legal, academic and nonprofit meetings and events.

At the beginning of her career, Danielle clerked for the Honorable William Wayne Justice of the US District Court for the Western District of Texas and Justice ZM Yacoob of the Constitutional Court of South Africa was an associate with the K&L Gates law firm in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for several years. Danielle has taught at the University of Illinois College of Law and John Marshall Law School.


Oberlin College, with high honors
JD summa cum laude, University of Illinois College of Law, Order of the Coif.

Program Areas

Access to Justice Practicum