Meet the Acting Pardon Attorney

Rosalind Sargent-Burns is a longstanding member of the Office of the Pardon Attorney, having joined the Office in 2008 as an Attorney Advisor.  Since that time, she has held various long-term positions of increasing responsibility within the Office, including Designated Agency Ethics Officer, Team Lead, Senior Attorney Advisor over the pardon portfolio, Acting Deputy Pardon Attorney, Deputy Pardon Attorney, and now Acting Pardon Attorney.  She is an active participant in the Department's pro-bono program and multiple community volunteer efforts.

Ms. Sargent-Burns earned her undergraduate degree in Political Science from Bradley University, along with a certificate in Justice Programs from American University.  She received her Juris Doctor degree with an Honors distinction from Drake University Law School.  She also completed Drake's Legislative Practice Program and spent her first years in practice as an Attorney with the Legislative Reference Bureau for the State of Illinois, where she also served as a correspondent for the National Conference of State Legislatures.  She is a member of the Illinois bar and is a native of that state.

Updated June 3, 2019