Associate Judge Nominating Committee announces names of 22 judicial candidates
Released on 5/11/2012 4:17:06 PM


The nine-member Associate Judge Nominating Committee of the Circuit Court of Cook County today announced the names of the 22 candidates whose names will be on the ballot from which the circuit judges will select the new 11 associate judges. The Committee is comprised of the following individuals:

Honorable Donald P. O'Connell

Chief Judge of the Circuit Court

Honorable Henry A. Budzinski

Presiding Judge of the Probate Division

Honorable Jacqueline P. Cox

Presiding Judge of the First Municipal District

Honorable Timothy C. Evans

Presiding Judge of the Law Division

Honorable Albert Green

Presiding Judge of the Chancery Division

Honorable Sophia H. Hall

Administrative Presiding Judge of the Juvenile Justice and Child Protection Resource Section

Honorable Patricia Martin Bishop

Presiding Judge of the Child Protection Division

Honorable Anthony S. Montelione

Presiding Judge of the Fifth Municipal District

Honorable Michael J. Murphy

Presiding Judge of the County Division

The 22 finalists were chosen from a total of 214 applicants. For the first time, the Chicago Bar Association pooled resources with the Alliance of Bar Associations for Judicial Screening, comprised of 10 bar associations, to evaluate those associate judge candidates who had not been screened within the past two years. The evaluation process included background examinations and interviews of candidates. Bar associations included in the Alliance are the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Chicago Area, the Black Women Lawyers' Association of Greater Chicago, the Chicago Council of Lawyers, the Cook County Bar Association, the Decalogue Society of Lawyers, the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois, the Puerto Rican Bar Association of Chicago, the Illinois State Bar Association, the Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago and the Women's Bar Association of Illinois.

Each bar association issued its own ratings for individual associate judge candidates.

Under Supreme Court Rule 39, the nominating committee must select twice as many names of qualified candidates as there are vacancies to be filled. The Chief Judge has certified the 22 names announced today to the Director of the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts. Within 14 days after the names are certified, the Director mails a secret ballot comprised of the names of each candidate to each circuit judge. The judges then vote for one candidate for each vacancy to be filled. The judges must return the ballot to the Director within 14 days of the date the ballots were distributed. The Director then counts the ballots which are accompanied by a signed signature card, tabulates the results and certifies them to the Chief Judge.

Chief Judge Donald P. O'Connell praised the Alliance of Bar Associations for Judicial Screening and the Chicago Bar Association for their untiring efforts and for their diligence and commitment in evaluating the candidates. The Chief Judge also praised the Circuit Court Associate Judge Nominating Committee for its dedication and hard work throughout the interview process.

In releasing the names of the 22 candidates, the Chief Judge stated that the final slate of names was a unanimous decision of the Circuit Court Associate Judge Nominating Committee. Chief Judge O'Connell said, "Long hard consideration was given to critical factors such as diversity, city versus suburban practices, government service, private practice and legal community involvement." The Chief Judge further stated, "The committee was grateful to have the benefit of choosing from so many highly qualified candidates." The following is the list of the 22 candidates chosen by the Circuit Court Associate Judge Nominating Committee to be certified to Joseph Schillaci, the Director of the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts:

Feerick, Maureen Patricia

Nixon, Lewis

Flood, Lawrence Edward

Panici, Luciano "Lou"

Ginex, Gregory Robert

Riebman, Hyman I.

Hyland, Colleen Ann

Simmons, Michele M.

Johnson, Moira Susan

Smith, Terence Blair

Lenane, Pamela Ann

Statza, Gerald Raymond

Longwell, Marilyn Kay

Stevens, Richard Anthony

Lustig, Patrick Foran

Stewart, Roma Jones

Minella, Mary Regina

Van Tine, Rena Marie

Myles, Raymond

Vega, Raul

Nicolau, Mary Terese

Washington, Edward II

To facilitate the selection process, the Circuit Court Associate Judge Nominating Committee has established receptions for the candidates to meet the circuit judges. The receptions will be held at the following times and locations:

Tuesday, April 24, 2001, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.:
Criminal Court Administration Building
Jury Assembly Room, Third Floor
2650 South California Avenue
Chicago, Illinois

Wednesday, April 25, 2001, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.:
Chicago Bar Association
Philip H. Corboy Hall, Second Floor
321 South Plymouth Court
Chicago, Illinois

Thursday, May 3, 2001, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.:
Cook County Juvenile Center
Ground level reception area (adjacent to Children's Advocacy Room)
1100 South Hamilton Avenue
Chicago, Illinois

2001 ASSOCIATE JUDGE APPLICANTS

Number of Associate Judge vacancies: 11
Total number of applicants: 214

Women account for 32.7% or 70 of the total number of applicants.

Men account for 67.3% or 144 of the total number of applicants.

Caucasians account for 85.5% or 183 of the total number of applicants.

African Americans account for 8.9% or 19 of the total number of applicants.
Hispanics account for 3.3% or 7 of the total number of applicants.

Asian Americans account for 1.9% or 4 of the total number of applicants.

Native Americans account for .5% or 1 of the total number of applicants.


Number of applicants interviewed by the Chicago Bar Association: 214
Number of applicants found qualified/recommended: 173
Number of applicants found not recommended: 41

Number of applicants interviewed by the Asian American Bar Association: 214
Number of applicants found recommended: 189
Number of applicants found not recommended: 25

Number of applicants interviewed by the Black Women Lawyer's Association: 210
Number of applicants found recommended/qualified: 162
Number of applicants found not recommended: 48

Number of applicants interviewed by the Chicago Council of Lawyers: 214
Number of applicants found recommended: 74
Number of applicants found not recommended/not qualified: 140

Number of applicants interviewed by the Cook County Bar Association: 212
Number of applicants found recommended/qualified: 161
Number of applicants found not recommended: 51

Number of applicants interviewed by the Decalogue Society of Lawyers: 197
Number of applicants found highly recommended: 56
Number of applicants found recommended: 115
Number of applicants found not recommended: 26

Number of applicants interviewed by the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois and
the Puerto Rican Bar Association: 173
Number of applicants found recommended: 152
Number of applicants found not recommended: 21

Number of applicants interviewed by the Illinois State Bar Association: 214
Number of applicants found highly recommended: 74
Number of applicants found recommended: 113
Number of applicants found not recommended: 27

Number of applicants interviewed by the Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago: 213
Number of applicants found highly recommended: 49
Number of applicants found recommended/qualified: 96
Number of applicants found not recommended: 68

Number of applicants interviewed by the Women's Bar Association of Illinois: 214
Number of applicants found highly recommended: 53
Number of applicants found recommended: 130
Number of applicants found not recommended: 31