Democratic candidate for 18th Circuit district)
Responses to our questions
Please submit an essay that explains your legal background, why you are qualified for this position and why you seek this position.
I graduated from Northern Illinois University cum laude in May, 2006 and earned my Illinois Bar license in November of 2006. I gained excellent experience in the first five years of my career as both a prosecutor and public defender.
I'm a former DuPage and Kendall County prosecutor where I prosecuted cases in the Felony, Misdemeanor, DUI and traffic courtrooms. I also handled juvenile cases, enforced child support and performed on-call felony review for the police. I'm also a former Kane County Assistant Public Defender where I handled a large caseload in the abuse and neglect courtroom and later in the domestic violence courtroom.
During the past six years, I have had my own practice. At the Law Offices of David Guy Stevens, I have represented an average of 200 clients a year in criminal law (the bulk of my practice), family law, personal injury and a variety of civil law cases such as collections, real estate, employment and landlord tenant cases. I have represented children as a GAL, as well as, represented victims of violence who needed to obtain orders of protection. While the majority of my work has been in DuPage County, I have practiced in 40 different courthouses all across Northern Illinois before hundreds of judges.
I've had over 120 trials including 25 jury trials and thousands of hearings covering a multitude of legal issues. I know and appreciate the law from all sides and angles and these experiences have made me a better attorney. I strongly believe that they also uniquely qualify me to be judge. Besides my excellent trial and jury experience and experience in many areas of law, the organization skills and management experience I gained in establishing and running a successful law practice are tremendous assets to the bench.
Through organization, diligence and straightforward, honest service of clients, I developed a hefty caseload, as well as, provided a significant volume of work to up to six other attorneys in both employment and contract capacities.
Finally, I am active in my community. I created a drive for art supplies at my law office to donate to the LillySarahGrace Fund; I volunteer with Lawyers Lending a Hand through the DuPage County Bar Association (e.g. painting rooms at a senior center, serving meals to seniors); volunteered with Feed My Starving Children; and I helped develop the SMILE Project, a community mentoring program for disadvantaged or at-risk high school students in conjunction with the DuPage Unitarian Church's Social Justice Committee.
This summer, I will be mentoring a student from the program in my law office. I have also volunteered as judge numerous times for the NIU Law School Mock Trial program, Elgin Community College Mock Trial program, and for the DuPage County Bar Association Law Day mock trial for middle school students.
Tell us something we would be surprised to learn about you.
Prior to making the leap into law, I followed in the footsteps of my mother and both older sisters, who are all public school teachers. I taught kindergarten through eighth grade art for 8 years. My objective out of undergrad was to become a regular elementary classroom teacher, but I accepted an interview for an art teacher position in a rural district and was offered a job on the spot. It was an opportunity to create an art curriculum in a district where none had existed before, and I jumped at the challenge. I learned that I was capable of taking on big challenges and succeeding in them, and I developed a tremendous amount of fortitude and patience. Experiences like these and others ultimately helped me take on the challenge of law school at 31, opening my own law firm at 39, and even now running for Circuit Court Judge at 46 years old.
Candidates for 18th Circuit district)
- Jeffrey M. Jacobson (No survey)
- Raleigh D. Kalbfleisch (No survey)
- David Stevens