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Judicial Appointments

The Illinois Supreme Court announced today that Sheldon R. Sobol, received a majority of the votes cast by the circuit judges in the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit and is declared to be appointed to the office of associate judge. Mr. Sobol received his undergraduate degrees in 1984 and 1986 from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb and his Juris Doctor in 1990 from John Marshall in Chicago. Mr. Sobol is currently affiliated with the Grundy County State’s Attorney’s Office in Morris.
The Illinois Supreme Court announced Tuesday that Thomas E. Griffith, Jr., an attorney for 25 years, has been appointed a circuit judge in the Sixth Judicial Circuit. Mr. Griffith was appointed to fill the Circuit Court vacancy created by the November 3, 2010 retirement of Judge Theodore E. Paine. The appointment is effective February 4, 2011 and will expire December 3, 2012. Justice Rita B. Garman recommended the appointment of Mr. Griffith after a review process by a special citizen screening committee. The committee unanimously recommended Mr. Griffith to fill the at-large circuit court vacancy. Mr. Griffith graduated cum laude from Millikin University with a B.A. degree in History. He received his juris doctor degree from Tulsa University Law School in 1985. Before his appointment to the bench, Mr. Griffith worked for 23 years as a partner with the law firm of Erickson, Davis, Murphy, Johnson, Griffith & Walsh, Ltd. in Decatur. From 1985 to 1987, Mr. Griffith served as Macon County assistant state’s attorney. He has been a member of the Capital Litigation Trial Bar since September 2002. A resident of Decatur, Mr. Griffith is married with four children. The Sixth Judicial Circuit is comprised of six counties: Champaign, DeWitt, Douglas, Macon, Moultrie and Piatt.
The Illinois Supreme Court announced today that the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit judges voted to select ISBA Assembly member Thomas A. Else and Anthony V. Coco as associate judges of the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit. Mr. Else received his undergraduate degree in 1979 from Elmhurst College, and his Juris Doctor in 1982 from DePaul University. Mr. Else is currently engaged in solo practice in Wheaton. Mr. Coco received his undergraduate degree in 1990 from Indiana University and his Juris Doctor in 1993 from Chicago Kent. Mr. Coco is currently affiliated with the DuPage County Public Defender’s Office in Wheaton.
The Illinois Supreme Court announced today that the Ninth Judicial Circuit judges voted to select Heidi A. Benson as an associate judge of the Ninth Judicial Circuit. Ms. Benson received her undergraduate degree in 1994 from Knox College, Galesburg, and her Juris Doctor in 1997 from the University of Illinois. Ms. Benson is currently affiliated with Flack, McRaven & Stephens in Macomb.
The Illinois Supreme Court has announced that the Twelfth Judicial Circuit judges voted to select Domenica A. Osterberger and Roger D. Rickmon as associate judges of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit. Ms. Osterberger received her undergraduate degree in 1988 from the University of Illinois and her Juris Doctor in 1991 from the University of Illinois. Ms. Osterberger is currently affiliated with the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office in Joliet. Mr. Rickmon received his undergraduate degree in 1977 from Lewis University and his Juris Doctor in 1980 from John Marshall. Mr. Rickmon is currently engaged in practice with the Rickmon Law Firm in Joliet.
The Illinois Supreme Court has announced that James K. Simonian 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. Mr. Simonian received his undergraduate degree in 1986 from DePauw University and his Juris Doctor in 1989 from Indiana University. Mr. Simonian is currently affiliated with the Law Office of Stephen Simonian in Waukegan.
The Illinois Supreme Court has appointed Laura Cha-yu Liu as Circuit Judge of Cook County, Eighth Subcircuit, Judgeship A. This appointment is effective Dec. 17, 2010, and terminates on Dec. 3, 2012.
The Illinois Supreme Court has announced the appointments of Michael L. Stroh and James D. Orel to the position of associate judge. Stroh will reside in the 11th Judicial Circuit and Orel in the 18th. Mr. Stroh received his undergraduate degree in 1993 from Southern Illinois University and his Juris Doctor in 1996 from Southern Illinois University. He is currently affiliated with the Woodford County State’s Attorney’s Office in Eureka. Mr. Orel received his undergraduate degree in 1976 from Illinois State University and his Juris Doctor in 1983 from John Marshall in Chicago. He is currently engaged in practice with Garretson, Santora, Urgo & Nugent in Wheaton.
The Illinois Supreme Court has recalled retired Circuit Judge Glenn H. Collier to hold court in the Circuit Court of the Tenth Judicial Circuit through July 6, 2011.
The Illinois Supreme Court has announced that Matthew G. Bertani received a majority of the votes cast by the circuit judges in the Twelfth Judicial Circuit and has been appointed to the office of associate judge. Mr. Bertani received his undergraduate degree in 1983 from Drake University and his Juris Doctor in 1988 from the University of Arizona. Mr. Bertani is currently affiliated with Sabuco, Beck, Hansen, Schrock & Bertani in Joliet, Illinois.