Integrity Dedication Experience
Michael Hayes served as an army sergeant during Desert Storm and Desert Shield. Sergeant Hayes led an elite platoon charged with combating nuclear, biological and chemical threats against U.S. troops. He received an Army Commendation for training and preparing his platoon in its mission to protect the lives of his fellow soldiers.
After graduating from DePaul University, Michael Hayes joined the Chicago Police Department. As a police officer, he served the residents in three of the poorest and most vulnerable communities in the nation. He served and protected residents living in the Robert Taylor Homes, Ida B. Wells and Dearborn Homes. Michael was specially recognized by the Chicago City Council for saving the lives of two adults and five young children. Without regard for his own life, he entered a building engulfed in flames and smoke and saved their lives. Alderman Edmund Burke told fellow council members that Officer Hayes demonstrated high valor in his swift response to the life-threatening situation and he had shown a remarkable sense of selflessness.
While serving as a Chicago Police Officer, Michael Hayes was compelled to do more to effect social justice, so he enrolled as a part time student at the John Marshall Law School. While working full time, he took night classes and earned his Juris Doctorate Degree.
At John Marshall, Michael Hayes developed a new and more in-depth understanding of the criminal justice system. He was determined to use what he learned to improve the Chicago Police Department. After becoming an attorney, Michael Hayes served as an attorney in the Chicago Police Department’s Legal Department and taught at the Chicago Police Academy.
Michael Hayes also served as an Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney. As a prosecutor, he prosecuted over 900 DUI cases and was the lead prosecutor in hundreds of significant trials. Michael Hayes has advocated for and protected victims of crime, including children. He successfully prosecuted defendants, who abused, neglected and harmed children, the disabled and the elderly. Michael has continued to advocate for the rights of children, persons with disabilities and the elderly in his law practice.
Chicago Police Sergeants Union
Police Benevolent & Protective Association
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