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Judicial Appointments

René Cruz
René Cruz
The Illinois Supreme Court announced Monday that the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit judges voted to select René Cruz as an associate judge of the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit.

Mr. Cruz received his undergraduate degree in 1992 from The Citadel, Military College of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and his Juris Doctor in 1995 from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. Mr. Cruz is currently engaged in practice with the Law Offices of Gil & Cruz in Aurora.

Chrystel L. Gavlin
Chrystel L. Gavlin
The Illinois Supreme Court announced Monday that the Twelfth Judicial Circuit judges voted to select Chrystel L. Gavlin as an associate judge of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit.

Ms. Gavlin received her undergraduate degree in 1990 from College of St. Francis in Joliet, and her Juris Doctor in 1996 from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. Ms. Gavlin is currently engaged in solo practice in Joliet.

The Illinois Supreme Court announced Monday that the Sixth Judicial Circuit judges voted to select Richard L. Broch, Jr. as an associate judge of the Sixth Judicial Circuit.

Mr. Broch received his undergraduate degree in 1978 from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, and his Juris Doctor in 1981 from Oklahoma City University in Oklahoma City. Mr. Broch is currently engaged in solo practice in Tuscola.  

The Illinois Supreme Court has appointed retired Judge Joe R. Vespa to be Resident Circuit Judge of Stark County. This fills a vacancy created by the retirement of the Honorable Stuart P. Borden.This appointment is effective Dec. 3, 2012 and terminates on April 1, 2013.

John B. Simon
John B. Simon
The Illinois Supreme Court announced Thursday the appointment of John B. Simon to the Illinois Appellate Court. Mr. Simon is a well known attorney with the Chicago firm of Jenner & Block and has a long record of public service. He is a former U.S. Assistant Attorney, former member of the Illinois Racing Board and has broad corporate and litigation experience with Jenner & Block. He will serve as the co-chair of the Illinois Bar Foundation's Gala on Oct. 19.

Mr. Simon will fill the vacancy created by the death of Appellate Justice Michael J. Murphy who passed away Oct. 1.

Supreme Court Justice Charles E. Freeman recommended the appointment of Mr. Simon to the Supreme Court and will administer the judicial oath of office to Mr. Simon on November 1. The appointment will terminate December 1, 2014 when the position will be filled by the November 2014 General Election.

"It's an honor to have been appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court as a justice of the Illinois Appellate Court to succeed the late Justice Michael J. Murphy," said Mr. Simon. "He was a respected jurist who is greatly admired by me and all who knew him.

"I thank the Supreme Court for the confidence they have placed in me and I am humbled by the honor."

Mr. Simon is the son of the late Justice Seymour F. Simon, who served as a Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court for eight years and as an Appellate Justice for six years.

Chief Circuit Judge John T. Elsner has announced that Robert G. Gibson has been appointed to the position of Associate Judge. He fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Associate Judge Carey B. Pierce.

Gibson graduated from the University of Illinois College of Law in 1983 and has been serving as a Circuit Judge since Aug. 2, 2010, filling the vacancy created by the retirement of Circuit Judge Perry T. Thompson.

Michael J. Tardy, Director of the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts, announced today that the Twelfth Judicial Circuit judges voted to select Cory D. Lund as an associate judge of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit.

Mr. Lund received his undergraduate degree in 1979 from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb and his Juris Doctor in 1982 from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. Mr. Lund is currently affiliated with the law firm Tracy, Johnson & Wilson in Joliet.

Michael J. Tardy, Director of the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts, announced Monday that the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit judges voted to select John C. Redington as an associate judge of the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit.

Mr. Redington received his undergraduate degree in 1987 from Western Illinois University in Macomb and his Juris Doctor in 1990 from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. Mr. Redington is currently affiliated with the law firm Tess & Redington, Rochelle.

Michael J. Tardy, Director of the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts, announced today that Christen L. Bishop, 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. Bishop received her undergraduate degree in 1991 from the University of Illinois and her Juris Doctor in 1994 from the University of Illinois. Ms. Bishop is currently affiliated with the Lake County State's Attorney's Office in Waukegan.

The Illinois Supreme Court announced Monday that the Fifth Judicial Circuit judges voted to select Mark E. Bovard as an associate judge of the Fifth Judicial Circuit.

Mr. Bovard received his undergraduate degree in 1994 from Eastern Illinois University in
Charleston and his Juris Doctor in 1997 from Indiana University. Mr. Bovard is currently affiliated with Heller, Holmes & Assoc., P.C. in Mattoon.