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Judicial Appointments

The Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts announced Monday that the Fifth Judicial Circuit judges voted to select Derek J. Girton and Karen E. Wall as associate judges of the Fifth Judicial Circuit. Mr. Girton received his undergraduate degree in 1988 from Pennsylvania State University in University Park, and his Juris Doctor in 1993 from Ohio Northern University in Ada. Mr. Girton has been affiliated with Acton & Sndyer, LLP in Danville. Ms. Wall received her undergraduate degree in 1994 from Illinois State University in Normal, and her Juris Doctor in 1997 from John Marshall Law in Chicago. Ms. Wall has been affiliated with Spiros & Wall, P.C. in Danville.
The Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts announced today that John M. Madonia, received a majority of the votes cast by the circuit judges in the Seventh Judicial Circuit and is declared to be appointed to the office of associate judge. Mr. Madonia received his undergraduate degree in 1994 from the University of Illinois in Urbana, and his Juris Doctor in 1997 from the University of Illinois in Urbana. Mr. Madonia is currently engaged in solo practice in Springfield, Illinois.
The Illinois Supreme Court has recalled retired Associate Judge Charles J. Gramlich effective August 2, 2010, to hold court in the Circuit Court of the Seventh Judicial Circuit through September 30, 2010.
The Illinois Supreme Court on Tuesday appointed Associate Judge Richard A. Brown to fill the Circuit Court vacancy created by the retirement of Judge William A. Schuwerk Jr. The appointment is effective Wednesday, July 14. Judge Brown is a lifelong resident of Randolph County, served as the county’s public defender for 18 years, maintained a private law practice in the county for more than 25 years and has served as an associate judge since 2004. He has received excellent judicial advisory poll results conducted by the Illinois State Bar Association. Judge Brown is the only candidate seeking to succeed Judge Schuwerk, and will be unopposed on the November ballot. Supreme Court Justice Lloyd A. Karmeier made the recommendation to the full Court after Chief Judge C. John Baricevic of the 20th Circuit requested that the vacancy be filled before the election.
The Illinois Supreme Court has appointed Robert G. Gibson as Circuit Judge in DuPage County. Gibson replaces the Hon. Perry R. Thompson, who is retiring. The appointment is effective Aug. 2 and terminates on Dec. 3, 2012.
The Illinois Supreme Court has appointed Brendan A. Maher as Circuit Judge of the 17th Judicial Circuit, Third Subcircuit, Judgeship A. This appointment is effective Aug. 2, 2010 and terminates on Dec. 3, 2012.
Justice Rita B. Garman of the Supreme Court of Illinois has begun an application process for a Circuit Court vacancy in the Seventh Judicial Circuit. The vacancy was created by the appointment of Justice Thomas R. Appleton to the Fourth District Appellate Court on June 4, 2010. Justice Appleton has been an at-large Circuit Judge in Springfield since 1992. Under the Illinois Constitution, judicial vacancies are filled by Supreme Court appointment. The application process will lead to final Court approval. The applicants will undergo an evaluation and screening process. Notices of the vacancy has been posted in courthouses throughout the Circuit. The application form and instructions may be obtained by visiting the Illinois Supreme Court’s website at www.state.il.us/court and follow the instructions on the “Latest News” scroller announcing the Seventh Judicial Circuit vacancy. Applications must be submitted via mail to:
  • Supreme Court of Illinois
  • 3607 North Vermilion, Suite 1
  • Danville, Illinois 61832
No electronic or facsimile applications will be accepted. Deadline for submission of applications is Friday, July 16, 2010. The person appointed to fill the vacancy will serve until the position is filled by election in November, 2012. To be eligible for consideration for appointment, the applicant must be a lawyer licensed to practice law in Illinois. The Seventh Judicial Circuit is comprised of six counties: Greene, Jersey, Macoupin, Morgan, Sangamon and Scott counties.
Illinois Supreme Court Justice Lloyd A. Karmeier announced Thursday that an application process has begun for a Circuit Court vacancy in the 20th Judicial Circuit. The at-large Circuit vacancy is being created by the announced resignation of Circuit Judge Michael O’Malley, effective Aug. 1, 2010. Under the Illinois Constitution, the Supreme Court holds the authority to fill interim judicial vacancies. Justice Karmeier uses an application, evaluation and interview process to make recommendations to the Court for vacancies in the Fifth Judicial District. Notice of the vacancy will be posted in courthouses throughout the 20th Judicial Circuit. Applicants must submit a cover letter with the Requested Information of an Applicant Form to:
  • Justice Lloyd A. Karmeier
  • Supreme Court of Illinois
  • P.O. Box 266
  • Nashville, IL 62263
The form may be obtained from the office of Chief Judge John Baricevic of the 20th Judicial Circuit; the presiding judges or circuit clerks of the counties within the 20th Circuit or from Justice Karmeier. Applicants' cover letter and completed form must be received in Justice Karmeier's office no later than Friday, July 2, 2010. The person appointed to fill the vacancy will serve until the position is  filled through the November, 2012 general election. The appointment will terminate December 3, 2012. To be eligible for appointment, a person must be a resident of the Twentieth Judicial Circuit at the time of the appointment. The 20th Judicial Circuit is comprised of five counties in southwestern Illinois: Monroe, Perry, Randolph, St. Clair and Washington.
The Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts announced today that the Ninth Judicial Circuit judges voted to select Raymond A. Cavanaugh as an associate judge of the Ninth Judicial Circuit. Mr. Cavanaugh received his undergraduate degree in 1986 from Loras College, Dubuque, Iowa, and his Juris Doctor in 1990 from John Marshall Law, Chicago. Mr. Cavanaugh is currently affiliated with the Henderson County State’s Attorney’s Office in Oquawka.

Celia G. Gamrath
The Illinois Supreme Court has appointed Celia G. Gamrath as a Circuit Judge of Cook County, Eighth Subcircuit, to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. Thomas R. Chiola. This appointment is effective June 10, 2010, and terminates on December 3, 2012, Ms. Gamrath is a former judicial law clerk for the Honorable Thomas R. Rakowski of the First District Appellate Court of Illinois. She is a partner of Schiller DuCanto & Fleck LLP and concentrates in matrimonial law and appeals on behalf of individuals whose cases mainly involve the distribution of multi-million-dollar holdings and require sophisticated financial expertise. Ms. Gamrath has been recognized nationally as a top family law and appellate lawyer by Best Lawyers in America, Chicago Magazine’s Illinois Super Lawyers, the Leading Lawyers Network, and the Law Bulletin Publishing Company as one of “40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch.” She is the recipient of several awards, including the Young Lawyer of the Year Award from the Illinois State Bar Association, the Alta May Hulett Award from the Chicago Bar Association, and The John Marshall Law School Distinguished Service Award. Ms. Gamrath graduated cum laude from The John Marshall Law School (J.D.) in 1994 and from Indiana University (B.S. in Business) in 1991. Ms.