Friday, April 22, 2011

Meet Boss Honoree Lora Michelle Whitticker

Lora Michelle Whitticker
Attorney and Democratic Party Fundraiser

Lora Michelle Whitticker is an attorney and Democratic Party political fundraiser in Chicago, Illinois. Lora is originally from Kokomo, Indiana, and she is the grandchild of the late Judge John T. Grimes.  Lora attended Kokomo High School and went on to attend Indiana University where she graduated with dual-degrees in Political Science and African-American Studies in 1999.

After completing her undergraduate study, Lora went to Indiana University School of Law where she matriculated in 2002.  While at Indiana Law, Lora served on the school’s Admissions Committee, was an officer of the Black Law Student’s Association, and worked as an Editor for the Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies. Lora currently serves as one of  the youngest members of Indiana University School of Law’s Alumni Board and BLSA Advisory Board.

Lora has spent the majority of her legal career working for large law firms such as Lord Bissell & Brook LLP and Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP.  In 2008, Lora was inspired by Barack Obama’s presidential campaign and became a political fundraiser first with Young Lawyers for Obama and then directly for the Democratic Party.  She eventually went on to work for the Obama presidential campaign full time and subsequently went to work for the Presidential Inaugural Committee in Washington, DC after the election.

In 2009, Lora became a Founding Member of Gen44 – the Democratic National Committee’s Young Professionals’ fundraising organization and began to serve on the DNC’s National Finance Committee. Lora currently is in private practice and is one of the most successful political fundraisers under age 35 in the United States.  

Lora is extremely active in organizations and bar association and credits her community service work for developing her vast professional network. Lora is a life member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated and has been a board member of the Black Women Lawyers Association of Greater Chicago, the Cook County Bar Association, and the National Bar Association.  Lora is the immediate past chair of the National Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division. 

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