Alice Sackett’s passion for law began at an early age. When she was in 7th grade, she had a growing interest in the Gary Gilmore execution, which in turn led her to write a term paper entitled “A Historical Perspective on the Death Penalty.” From this, her interest in law and crime and punishment was solidified. Before the end of her first week of college, she had declared her major in politics/pre-law.
Alice Sackett obtained her bachelor’s degree from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, and her law degree from Northern Illinois University College of Law in DeKalb. Prior to passing the bar, she began working at the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office. Even after passing the bar in 1991, she continued her work as an assistant until 1998. She briefly left her role to operate her own law office in addition to raising her three sons—Spencer, Marshall, and Tate—before she returned from 2007-2012.
During her time at the state’s attorney’s office, she served under four state attorneys, supervised the Elgin Branch Court, and served as supervisor of both the Juvenile Delinquency and Mental Health divisions before her departure to pursue private practice in 2012.
Alice Sackett’s interest in personal injury cases grew from a case she tried in the late ’90s. This case was a legally groundbreaking case in which a mentally ill patient involuntarily received medication. At this time, the judges and juries were uneasy with the use of involuntary medication unless the patient was considered a threat to themselves or others. Alice Sackett had sympathy for the patient, who was smart and had studied naval architecture and engineering but was court-sentenced to Elgin Mental Health Center. This case had the potential to set a precedent, and the courtroom audience was filled with upper-level managers in the state mental health and human services system. The most interesting group of audience members during this case was the Secret Service, because the patient had previously been caught illegally entering the White House and they were still interested in his whereabouts years later. The court eventually ruled that the patient could be medicated according to his treatment plan and against his will.
Alice Sackett has earned a reputation as efficient, and part of it is due to her supervision of the busy Elgin Branch Court beginning in 2007. She is also extremely willing to help people learn and is well known for her patient demeanor.
Alice Sackett left the state’s attorney’s office to join Rick Turner in private practice because she wanted a change from pursuing criminal cases. She had always planned to be a career prosecutor, so her departure was a scary leap. According to Rick Turner, she was hired because she was personable, had experience, and he could sense her compassion for clients. She became partner in 2016.
Alice Sackett remains extremely passionate about her clients, the Kane County Bar Association, women in law, and her three sons. She enjoys the variety that her practice brings.
Today, Alice Sackett is the president of the Kane County Bar Association, and she has a passion to expand the Lawyer’s Assistance Program, which is a program to help lawyers deal with personal issues often related to the stress and taxing nature of their choice of career.
If you’re looking for a compassionate and caring attorney who is dedicated to your case, turn to Alice Sackett at Turner & Sackett Law Offices.
Education and License
DePauw University; Greencastle Indiana (Bachelor of Arts; Political Science/Pre-law 1986)
Northern Illinois College of Law (Juris Doctor, May 1991]
Dean’s List, Outstanding Contribution to Law School Community Award
Admitted to Illinois Bar (November 1991)
Service in the Kane County Bar
Immediate Past President 2019-2020
Bench & Bar
Elder Care, Disability and Mental Health
Women in the Law