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Cynthia Y. Cobbs, Director of the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts, announced today that Margaret (Meg) Marcouiller, received most of the votes cast by the circuit judges in the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit and is declared to be appointed to the office of associate judge. Ms. Marcouiller received her undergraduate degree in 1984 from Northwestern University and her Juris Doctor in 1990 from Loyola University in Chicago. Ms. Marcouiller is currently affiliated with the Lake County State's Attorney's Office in Waukegan.
Justice Thomas Kilbride
Justice Thomas Kilbride
Illinois Supreme Court Justice Thomas L. Kilbride will be honored and will receive an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Lewis University during the 2009 Winter Commencement ceremony to be held on Saturday, December 19 at 4 p.m. Justice Kilbride will be the recipient of the Doctorate of Humanities during Saturday's Graduate Ceremony that will be held in the University's Student Recreation and Fitness Center at its main campus in Romeoville. "The University is honored to recognize Justice Kilbride for his 10 years of distinguished service as a highly-respected member of the Supreme Court of Illinois and as an accomplished attorney and advocate for the poor," said Lewis University President Brother James Gaffney, FSC. Justice Kilbride, who grew up in Kankakee, received his B.A. degree magna cum laude from Saint Mary's in 1978; and his law degree from Antioch School of Law in Washington D.C. in 1981. While in law school, Justice Kilbride completed judicial internships for the administrative assistant to the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court and for U.S. District Court Judge Joyce Hens Green.
Cynthia Y. Cobbs, Director of the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts, announced today that Ericka A. Sanders, received a majority of the votes cast by the circuit judges in the Fourth Judicial Circuit and is declared to be appointed to the office of associate judge. Sanders received her undergraduate degree in 1995 from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale and her Juris Doctor in 1998 from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. Ms. Sanders is currently affiliated with the Marion County Public Defender's Office in Salem.
Cynthia Y. Cobbs, Director of the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts, has announced that Mark S. Goodwin received a majority of the votes cast by the circuit judges in the Fifth Judicial Circuit and is declared appointed to the office of associate judge. Mr. Goodwin received his undergraduate degree in 1984 from Illinois State University and his Juris Doctor in 1987 from John Marshall Law School. Mr. Goodwin is currently affiliated with Dukes, Ryan, Meyer, Freed, Goodwin, et al., in Danville.
Cynthia Y. Cobbs, Director of the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts, has announced that Lisa Y. Wilson received a majority of the votes cast by the circuit judges in the Tenth Judicial Circuit and is declared appointed to the office of associate judge. Ms. Wilson received her undergraduate degree in 1984 from the University of Illinois, Urbana, and her Juris Doctor in 1987 from Northern Illinois University. Ms. Wilson is currently affiliated with the Prairie State Legal Services, Peoria.
Justice Thomas Kilbride
Justice Thomas Kilbride
Illinois Supreme Court Justice Thomas L. Kilbride has been named Judge of the Year by the Illinois Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). Justice Kilbride was honored and received the award on Friday, Nov. 20, at the University Club in Chicago. "Justice Kilbride was chosen not only because of his career on the Illinois Supreme Court, but also because of his 20 years in private practice," said Illinois ABOTA president Geoffrey L. Gifford. "His good public works, all the good things he's done in pro bono and other community service make him an unusually well-qualified candidate for this award." ABOTA is a 50-year-old national organization of civil trial lawyers comprised of an equal number of well-respected, highly talented plaintiff and defense attorneys. Its primary focus is to preserve the right of a trial by jury in civil cases, and the independence of the judiciary. The Illinois Chapter has about 90 members. Justice Kilbride, who grew up in Kankakee, received his B.A. degree magna cum laude from Saint Mary's in 1978; and his law degree from Antioch School of Law in Washington D.C. in 1981. While in law school, Justice Kilbride completed judicial internships for the administrative assistant to the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court and for U.S. District Court Judge Joyce Hens Green.
The Illinois Supreme Court disbarred 3 lawyers, suspended 11 and censured 1 this week in its latest disciplinary filing. Most of the suspensions take effect on Dec. 8. More information on each case is available on the Web site of the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission.

DISBARRED

  • Edward Earle Hearn, Chicago
Mr. Hearn, who was licensed in 1987, was disbarred. While serving as a pastor of a Chicago church, he misappropriated over $80,000 of church funds.
  • Kenneth Edward Mateas, Aurora
Mr. Mateas, who was licensed in 1982, was disbarred on consent. He was convicted in Kane County of reproducing child pornography. He was sentenced to a four-year prison term and must register for life as a sex offender.
  • John F. Pawloski, Belleville
Mr. Pawloski, who was licensed to practice in 1997, was disbarred on consent. He misappropriated more than $25,000 from three estates where he had been appointed as temporary public guardian. He also failed to diligently represent three other clients.

SUSPENDED

  • James Gordon Banks, Schaumburg
Mr. Banks, who was licensed in 2000, was suspended for ninety days. He knowingly hired a disbarred attorney to work in his office as a paralegal.
  • Mark D. Bradley, Decatur
Mr. Bradley, who was licensed in 1980, was suspended for one year and until further order of the Court.
More than 2,300 new attorneys were admitted to practice on Thursday, Nov. 5, with Justices of the Illinois Supreme Court presiding and administering the attorney's oath at five locations statewide. The largest group, 1,869, was admitted in the First Judicial District during ceremonies at the McCormick Place West Skyline Ballroom. Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas R. Fitzgerald presided over the ceremony, with Justices Charles E. Freeman and Anne M. Burke participating. Justice Robert R. Thomas presided over the Second Judicial District ceremony at 10 a.m. in Elgin. Justice Thomas L. Kilbride presided over the Third Judicial District ceremony at 11:15 a.m. in Moline. Justice Rita B. Garman presided over the Fourth Judicial District ceremony at 10 a.m. in Springfield. Justice Lloyd A. Karmeier presided over the Fifth Judicial District ceremony at 2 p.m. in Carbondale. The new admittees bring the total number of licensed attorneys in Illinois to approximately 86,000. Click here to view photo galleries from each event.
In keeping with the Illinois Supreme Court's desire to bring greater public access and understanding to the courts, audio recordings of all oral arguments in the Illinois Appellate Court will soon be available on the court's website. The new access will be available beginning Monday, Nov. 2 at www.state.il.us/court. The appellate courtrooms in all five Judicial Districts have been equipped with digital audio recording systems that will preserve audio quality long term for archival purposes. The systems also are compatible with standard computer software readily available on most person computer systems, and will allow the legal community and the general public to listen to and download audio recordings of all appellate arguments and workers' compensation hearings.
Cynthia Y. Cobbs, Director of Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts, announced today that the judges in the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit voted to select Greg G. Chickris as an associate judge. Mr. Chickris received his undergraduate degree in 1972 from Western Illinois University and his J.D. in 1976 from DePaul University. Mr. Chickris has been engaged in solo practice in East Moline.