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IIT-Chicago Kent College of Law - Chicago, IL

  • Juris Doctorate (1995)
    Academic Achievement Award in Legal Drafting

Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL

  • Lawyer's Assistant Program Certificate with Honors (1991)
    ABA Approved, Graduate Level General Practice Curriculum

Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL

  • Graduate Coursework in Business Administration/Human Resources (1990 to 1992)

Illinois State University, Normal, IL

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Education/Office Administration


Joan began working as a secretary/paralegal for the lawfirms of Gomien, Root & Rigazio, and Black & Black. After completing law school at IIT-Chicago Kent College of Law, she became a partner in the lawfirm of Gomien, Harrop & Sobol, where she continues to practice today under the name of Gomien & Harrop, Ltd. Joan is a member of the Grundy County Bar Association, having served as past president and secretary. Joan is also a member of the Will County, Chicago, and Illinois State Bar Associations, as well as a member of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association.


Member of the Morris Hospital Foundation Board, currently serving as secretary.
  • Member of the Grundy County Board of Health, having served as past president and secretary.
  • Member of the Grundy County Volunteer Hospice Board of Directors, currently serving as secretary and legal advisor.
  • Member of the Grundy County Chamber of Commerce and the Chamber's Women in Business.
  • Member of Community Nutrition Network-Meals on Wheels Board of Directors.
  • Member of the Kankakee Community College Paralegal/Legal Assistant Studies Program Advisory Committee.
  • Member of Immaculate Conception Parish in Morris, Illinois, having served on its Parish Council.