Democratic candidate for Cook County Circuit (8th Subcircuit (Liu Vacancy 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 have practiced law as an attorney in the Cook County Public Defender's office for over 27 years. I have worked in most divisions of the office, including felony trial, narcotics, traffic, paternity, appeals, first municipal, post-convictions, domestic violence and legal resources. I have represented thousands of clients in a wide variety of cases.
I have conducted over 175 bench trials, 25 jury trials, dozens of major felony post-conviction arguments and hearings, and have researched and written more than 145 appeals. I have orally argued before the Illinois Appellate and Supreme Courts. I have been interviewed and evaluated by all eleven participating bar associations for judicial qualification and have been rated successfully by all, either Qualified, Recommended or Highly Qualified.
I have earned two law degrees, a J.D. and an LL.M. master of laws in Intellectual Property Law. I also have two M.A. degrees, in history and literature, and have taught college history and law classes for over 15 years. I believe I am well qualified to be a circuit court judge. I have practiced law for over 27 years and have considerable trial litigation and appellate experience. I possess a good temperament and knowledge of the law.
I believe that my graduate education in and teaching of history gives me a deep understanding of context and perspective which will enable me to be a good judge. I want to be a judge because I want to employ my considerable education and experience to have a different impact in the law. I believe that I can achieve more justice as a jurist than an attorney, and I want the opportunity to do so.
I am an individual of patience, persistence, wide and deep learning, wisdom, experience and independence and I want to bring these qualities to the bench to help resolve disputes and provide remedies.
Tell us something we would be surprised to learn about you.
I worked at the music amphitheater of the last world's fair held in the United States, the 1984 Louisiana World Exposition and a few years later drove completely around the continental U.S. in one journey, traveling over 17,000 miles in ten weeks, through over 45 states, driving very seldom on interstate highways.