Shelisa Thomas is an award-winning writer who has published many short stories and poems. Additionally, she teaches American Literature at West Texas A&M University.
Corzell Cole made history when he walked free from Stateville Correctional Center after 19 years in March 2022 under Shelisa Thomas’ leadership as his lead attorney – it was truly life-altering! For both parties involved.
Achievement and Honors
Shelisa Thomas has received several honors and awards, such as receiving the Edward J. Lewis II Pro Bono Service Award at the 2022 Chicago Bar Foundation (CBF) Pro Bono and Public Service Awards ceremony.
Shelisa Thomas also received the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law’s Distinguished Student Award, becoming the first person from an underrepresented background to win this recognition.
Shelisa Thomas met Corzell Cole while serving 50-years for first-degree and attempted murder during the winter of 2018. Their meeting would change Shelisa Thomas’ life significantly – becoming a senior associate with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Affiliates in Chicago where she currently practices criminal law law since 2008.
Shelisa Thomas has various aliases including Shelisa M Thomas, Shelisa Marquea Thomas and Shelisa Thomas, which she uses when associated with Joshua M Helfen.
Her residence can be found in Aurora, Colorado and she is known to be mothering children such as Phillip Carl Thomas and Tiffani Sinclair Thomas.
Shelisa Thomas graduated from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law in 2019 and since has been working as an associate attorney at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Affiliates in Chicago as an associate. Since her arrival, Shelisa has received several accolades and awards including this year’s Edward J. Lewis II Pro Bono Service Award from the Chicago Bar Foundation for her efforts.