Born and raised in Chicago, HaSheana began her career with Coplan + Crane as a receptionist in 2017. She graduated from the University of Illinois Chicago School of Law in 2022 after studying Writing-Intensive English Concentration and Criminology Pre-Law at Marquette University. Over the years, she has served in a variety of roles at Coplan + Crane, including receptionist, case manager, paralegal, and—finally—attorney.
“I’ve always known that I wanted to become a lawyer,” HaSheana said. “Many members of my family work under the law as sheriffs or police officers, and I think that’s really persuaded me. Also, just the lack of individuals who look like me, making decisions that affect people who look like me, has really pushed me to become an attorney.”
Over the course of her time with the firm, HaSheana has built strong working relationships with the team at Coplan + Crane.
“I love all the attorneys and staff that I work with,” she said. “They always bring new ideas to the table. They give everyone room to explore new areas of law and ways to really help our clients. My favorite part about working here is challenging myself to grow in my understanding of the law and finding ways to help our clients succeed and get the results they’re looking for.”
In addition to handling a number of cases involving motor vehicle crashes, HaSheana helps clients who have suffered serious illnesses after using chemical hair straighteners.
“Hair relaxers, which are predominantly used by minorities, have been linked to various types of cancers that a lot of black women experience,” she said. “These cases appear to be headed to consolidation for a multi-district litigation.”
When not working on behalf of her clients, HaSheana spends her spare time reading, exploring bookstores throughout the city, and volunteering with the Oak Park chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated®, the country’s first black sorority – and former sorority of Vice President Kamala Harris. Alpha Kappa Alpha’s motto is “Service to All Mankind.”
HaSheana aspires to become a judge in the future.
“I would love to be a judge for Cook County and then ultimately, the goal is the Illinois Supreme Court,” she said. “I want to make people who look like me feel like they’re being heard. I want someone on the bench who takes their experiences into account and makes a fair ruling.”
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