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  • December 06, 2022 9:44 AM | Carson Griffis (Administrator)

    Judge Doris Pryor has been appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit after being confirmed by the Senate on December 5, 2022.  President Biden nominated Judge Pryor to the Seventh Circuit in May 2022 to fill the vacancy created by Judge David Hamilton's taking senior status.

    Judge Pryor has served as a magistrate judge on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana since 2018.  She received her J.D. from Indiana University's Maurer School of Law in 2003, served as a law clerk for Chief Judge Lavenski Smith on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit from 2003 to 2004, and served as a law clerk for Judge J. Leon Holmes on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas from 2004 to 2005.  After her clerkships, Judge Pryor served as a Deputy Public Defender for the Arkansas Public Defender's Commission and an Assistant United States Attorney in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Indiana., where she served as its National Security Chief from 2014 to 2018. 

    The Appellate Lawyers Association congratulates Judge Pryor on her appointment to the Seventh Circuit.

  • December 02, 2022 12:13 PM | Carson Griffis (Administrator)

    The Illinois Appellate Court, Third Judicial District, is accepting applications for the position of Clerk of the Court with a projected start date of January 19, 2023.  This is a highly responsible professional, supervisory and administrative position.  The Clerk of the Appellate Court is appointed by the Appellate Court Justices within one of the five Appellate Districts. 

    The Clerk is responsible for administering all phases of work in docketing case flow management and other areas of operations necessary to execute the responsibilities of the office.  Duties include supervising the filing and intake of court documents, overseeing the oral argument calendar, managing budget expenditures and procurement, supervising and managing staff,  coordinating the administrative functions of the court, and conferring with court justices about court policy and planning.

    Applicants must have a J.D. and a minimum of five years' progressively responsible experience or training in the processing of litigating either trial or appellate court cases.  Applicants must live within the boundaries of the Third District (Bureau, DuPage, Grundy, Iroquois, Kankakee, LaSalle, or Will County).

    Additional details about the position, including how to apply, may be found in the following vacancy announcement.  The position will remain open until filled, but applications received on or before December 26, 2022, will be given first consideration.

  • November 02, 2022 7:11 AM | Carson Griffis (Administrator)

    Judge Amy Lannerd, who has been assigned to the Illinois Appellate Court, Fourth Judicial District, effective December 5, 2022, is seeking to fill two positions in her chambers in Quincy, Illinois.  

    Judge Lannerd is seeking a Law Clerk to perform legal research, analysis, and writing, to review and assist in the drafting of judicial opinions, orders, and other legal documents, and to perform other duties as needed.  Applicants should possess excellent research, case analysis, and writing skills, and experience as a law clerk in a reviewing court is strongly preferred.  The annual salary for this position is $96,754.  Instructions on how to apply, as well as other details about the position, may be found here.

    Judge Lannerd also is seeking a Law Clerk/Judicial Secretary to conduct legal research and assist in drafting memoranda, orders, and opinions, as well as perform administrative duties such as corresponding with the Springfield courthouse and other chambers, tracking the status of motions and cases, paying bills, maintaining case files, and keeping the library up to date.  Applicants should have outstanding academic records and superior research and writing skills, and those with prior experience as a judicial law clerk or in appellate practice will be given preference.  The annual salary for this position is $87,391.  Instructions on how to apply, as well as other details about the position, may be found here.

    Both positions will remain open until filled, but applicants submitting their materials by November 14, 2022, will be given first consideration.

  • October 31, 2022 9:09 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois is accepting applications for a full-time United States Magistrate Judge position in the Eastern Division, with the Everett McKinley Dirksen United States Courthouse at Chicago, Illinois as the duty station. The deadline for the submission of completed applications is 5:00 p.m. on November 23, 2022. Filling this U.S. Magistrate Judge position is contingent upon approval of the Seventh Circuit Judicial Council and of the Judicial Conference Committee on the Administration of the Magistrate Judges System. The candidate selected will be appointed only upon the successful completion of a Federal Bureau Investigation and Internal Revenue Service background check.

    For more information, see the PDF at the following link: Magistrate_Judge_Announcement

  • October 29, 2022 8:10 AM | Carson Griffis (Administrator)

    The Illinois Supreme Court announced that, effective December 5, 2022, Judge Amy Lannerd of the Circuit Court for the Eighth Judicial Circuit, will be appointed to the Illinois Appellate Court, Fourth Judicial District.  Judge Lannerd will fill the vacancy created by Justice John W. Turner's decision not to seek retention.  Her term on the appellate court will run through December 2, 2024.

    Judge Lannerd was appointed to the circuit court in 2016 and won election in 2018.  Before serving on the bench, Judge Lannerd worked in private practice in Quincy, Illinois.

    Judge Lannerd is a member of the Illinois Supreme Court Pretrial Implementation Task Force Communications Subcommittee and has served presenter for the Judicial Education Conference on the topics of Bankruptcy for Civil and Family Law Judges, Virtual Court Proceedings, and Strategies for Improving Court Performance.

    The Appellate Lawyers Association congratulates Judge Lannerd on her appointment to the appellate court.

  • October 06, 2022 11:04 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Judge Robert M. Dow, Jr. of the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Illinois has been appointed by Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. to serve as the Counselor to the Chief Justice. Judge Dow will leave the Northern District bench and begin his new role at the Supreme Court on December 5, 2022. As Counselor to the Chief Justice, Judge Dow will serve as the Chief Justice’s chief of staff, work in partnership with court executives and judges on matters of judicial administration, and represent the Chief Justice in relations with judicial organizations, foreign courts, and visiting dignitaries.

    Judge Dow was appointed to the District Court in December 2007, and he has served as the Chair of the Judicial Conference’s Advisory Committee on Civil Rules since 2013. Judge Dow also served as a member of the Advisory Committee on Appellate Rules from 2010 to 2013, and the Chair of the Advisory Committee on Circuit Rules for the Seventh Circuit.

    The Chief Justice said the following of Judge Dow’s appointment as Counselor: “I am pleased that Judge Dow has accepted my invitation to assist this Court and courts across the country in their important work. He is well prepared to take on these new responsibilities, and I look forward to a long and productive relationship.” Chief Judge of the Northern District Rebecca Pallmeyer said: “We are proud that Judge Dow’s talents have been recognized, and will miss him as he takes on this new challenge and fulfills an important service to our nation.” For his part, Judge Dow said: “I am grateful to Chief Justice Roberts for the opportunity to serve him, the Supreme Court, and the judicial branch in this new role. It is an honor and privilege to succeed Jeffrey Minear following his long and highly successful tenure as Counselor.”

  • September 18, 2022 9:57 AM | Carson Griffis (Administrator)

    Justice Daniel J. Pierce of the Illinois Appellate Court, First Judicial District, will retire from the court effective September 30, 2022.  The Illinois Supreme Court has announced that Judge Sanjay Tailor of the Circuit Court of Cook County will fill the vacancy left by Justice Pierce's retirement effective October 3, 2022.  Judge Tailor will be the first Indian American to serve on the appellate court.

    Justice Pierce has served on the appellate court since 2013.  Before then, he served on the Circuit Court of Cook County from 2008 to 2013.  Justice Pierce received his undergraduate and law degrees from DePaul University in Chicago.

    Judge Tailor was first appointed to the bench in 2003 as an associate judge, and was appointed as a circuit judge in 2021.  He has served in the Domestic Relations, Law, and Chancery Divisions of the circuit court.  Before his appointment to the bench, Judge Tailor served in the Civil Actions Bureau of the Cook County State's Attorney's Office and worked in private practice.  He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Delaware and his Juris Doctor with honors from Loyola University of Chicago School of Law.

    The Illinois Supreme Court's announcement of Judge Tailor's appointment may be found here.

    The Appellate Lawyers Association thanks Justice Pierce for his dedicated service on the appellate court and congratulates Judge Tailor on his historic appointment to the appellate court.

  • September 12, 2022 5:16 PM | Carson Griffis (Administrator)

    The Appellate Lawyers Association extends its congratulations to Justice Mary Jane Theis, who has been selected to serve as the next Chief Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court. Her three-year term will begin on October 26, 2022.  Justice Theis will be the fourth woman to serve as the Court’s Chief Justice, following the late Justice Mary Ann McMorrow, Justice Rita B. Garman, and current Chief Justice Anne M. Burke.

    Justice Theis has served on the Illinois Supreme Court since 2010.  From 1983 to 1993, she served as an associate judge and circuit judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County, when she was assigned to the Illinois Appellate Court, First Judicial District.  Justice Theis was elected to the appellate court in 1994 and served there until her appointment to the State’s highest court.  Before serving on the bench, Justice Theis served as an Assistant Public Defender in the Cook County Public Defender’s Office.  She earned her Juris Doctor from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 1974 and Bachelor of Arts Degree from Loyola University in 1971. 

    While on the bench, Justice Theis has chaired both the Committee on Judicial Education and the Committee on Judicial Conduct of the Illinois Judicial Conference, and was a member of the Supreme Court Rules Committee.  She also previously served as the Supreme Court liaison to the Illinois Judicial College, President of the Illinois Judges Association, President and founding member of the Illinois Judges Foundation, and President of the Appellate Lawyers Association.  Justice Theis has also served on the Board of Governors of the Illinois State Bar Association and the Board of Managers of the Chicago Bar Association, and is a member of the Women's Bar Association of Illinois.

    The Illinois Supreme Court’s announcement regarding Justice Theis’s selection may be found here.

  • September 12, 2022 4:58 PM | Carson Griffis (Administrator)

    The Illinois Supreme Court has announced that it is appointing Justice Joy V. Cunningham, currently serving on the Illinois Appellate Court, First Judicial District, to the Court effective December 1, 2022, filling the vacancy that will be created by Chief Justice Anne M. Burke’s retirement.  Justice Cunningham will be the second Black woman to serve on the Illinois Supreme Court, following Justice Lisa Holder White’s appointment to the Court earlier this year.

    Justice Cunningham began her legal career in 1982 as an Assistant Attorney General in the Office of the Illinois Attorney General.  She went on to serve as a law clerk to Justice Glenn T. Johnson in the appellate court and later worked as Associate General Counsel and Chief Counsel for HealthCare at Loyola University.

    In 1996, Justice Cunningham was sworn in as an Associate Judge in Cook County Circuit Court, where she was assigned to the civil trial division.  Four years later, she left the bench to serve as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Northwestern Memorial Healthcare, returning to the bench in December 2006 as an elected Appellate Court Justice in the First District.  She was retained by voters in 2016.

    Justice Cunningham was the first African American woman elected President of the Chicago Bar Association, the nation’s largest municipal bar association. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Loyola University Health System, the Chicago Bar Association’s Strategic Planning Committee, the Governor’s Commission for Eradicating Poverty, the Board of Directors of the James R. Jordan Foundation, the Board of Directors of the Chicago Bar Association Media Organization, and as the Chair of the Associate Commissioners of the Illinois Supreme Court Historic Preservation Commission.  She also is a member of the Chicago Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, the Cook County Bar Association, the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois, the Black Women Lawyers Association, the Illinois Judicial Council, the Illinois Judges Association, the Economic Club of Chicago, the Chicago Network, the CBA Past Presidents’ Council, the American Law Institute, and the American Bar Foundation.

    The Illinois Supreme Court's full announcement regarding Justice Cunningham’s appointment may be found here.

    The Appellate Lawyers Association congratulates Justice Cunningham on her historic appointment to the Illinois Supreme Court.

  • September 12, 2022 4:24 PM | Carson Griffis (Administrator)

    Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Anne M. Burke has announced that she is retiring from the bench, effective December 1, 2022.  Chief Justice Burke has served on the State’s highest court since 2006 and has served as its Chief Justice since 2019, guiding the Court and the Illinois judiciary through the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Chief Justice Burke’s judicial career began in 1987, when she was appointed as the first female judge on the Court of Claims.  In 1994, she served as the Governor’s Special Counsel for Child Welfare Services and, the next year, was appointed to the Illinois Appellate Court, First Judicial District.  In 1996, Chief Justice Burke was elected to the appellate court for a full term and served there until her appointment to the Illinois Supreme Court in 2006.  She was elected to the Illinois Supreme Court for a full term in 2008 and retained in 2018.

    Before serving on the bench, Chief Justice Burke practiced law on the South Side of Chicago, frequently representing families and serving as a guardian ad litem for children.  She received her Juris Doctor from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent College of Law in 1983, and her undergraduate degree in education from DePaul University. 

    Before attending law school, Chief Justice Burke taught physical education at the Chicago Park District and was instrumental in the creation of the first Chicago Special Olympics in 1968, which later grew to become the International Special Olympics.  She later served as the Director of the International Special Olympics and, to this day, remains involved in the Chicago Special Olympics.

    Chief Justice Burke’s full statement announcing her retirement may be found here.

    The Appellate Lawyers Association thanks Chief Justice Burke for her distinguished, groundbreaking career and tireless commitment to public service, and wishes her the best in her retirement.

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