Growing up in the city, Judge Fernandez participated in the Erie Neighborhood House Drill Team where she later volunteered and served as a mentor. Judge Fernandez continues to be an active member of the community and volunteers her time with “Chicago Cares,” assisting with customized service projects that benefit the Chicago community, particularly the Chicago Public School System. Judge Fernandez has served as a mentor through the Chicago Bar Association interfaith committee and actively serves as a Chicago Public Schools volunteer speaker and guide for school children interested in a legal career. Judge Fernandez has lectured young high school aged girls as a participant of “Women Everywhere” discussing the many possible future careers in the legal field.
Judge Fernandez served on the Board of Governors for the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel (IDC) where she also volunteered on the Spring Seminar Committee. She was an active member of the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel (NARTC) and Defense Research Institute (DRI). Judge Fernandez continues to serve on the Board of Governors for the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois (HLAI) and formally on the Board of Governor’s for Charities (HLAI-C). She is an active member of the Illinois Judges Association (IJA); Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA), Chicago Bar Association (CBA), Justinian Society of Lawyers and Women’s Bar Association (WBAI). Judge Fernandez has lectured on “Jury Selection” at the Minority Conference CLE and “Civil Procedure” to law students at John Marshall Law School. Judge Fernandez currently serves on the Law Division Advisory Counsel.
In the last two decades, Judge Fernandez has volunteered her time participating in clothing drives, school supply drives and holiday toy drives to assist the children of the community. Judge Fernandez is a native Spanish speaker, which has served her well in representation of many clients, as well as a volunteer for many projects for the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, including but not limited to, naturalization drives and assistance with the Temporary Visitor Driver’s License program.