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      . . . and Justice for All
         Message from the Dean




It is with great pleasure that we present the 2006 edition of NIU Law
Graduates in the Judiciary. The following pages showcase a distinguished
group of graduates who represent the highest aspirations of our system
and carry the heaviest burden. As a young law school, we are proud to
celebrate the remarkable number of alumni serving in the judiciary.
Now in its fourth edition, this publication features 53 current and retired
judges, nearly a two-fold increase since its initial release in 1998.
Our alumni jurists represent NIU Law’s commitment to producing
graduates imbued with a high degree of public service. Their dedication
to upholding the rule of law while ensuring equal justice for all serves as
an example to all students, alumni, and the greater law community.




LeRoy Pernell, Dean
         Graduates in the Judiciary

Louis G. Apostol ’78            James J. Gavin ’85
Illinois Court of Claims        Circuit Court of Cook County
Chicago, Illinois               Maywood, Illinois
Marc P. Bernabei ’81            Joseph M. Grady ’79
Thirteenth Judicial Circuit     Sixteenth Judicial Circuit
Princeton, Illinois             St. Charles, Illinois
Mary Beth Bonaventura ’81       James C. Hallock ’78
Superior Court of Lake County   Sixteenth Judicial Circuit
Crown Point, Indiana            St. Charles, Illinois
Joseph S. Bongiorno ’79         Janet R. Holmgren ’85
Eighteenth Judicial Circuit     Seventeenth Judicial Circuit
Wheaton, Illinois               Rockford, Illinois
James K. Booras ’79             Vanessa A. Hopkins ’93
Nineteenth Judicial Circuit     Circuit Court of Cook County
Waukegan, Illinois              Chicago, Illinois
William S. Boyd ’80             Anthony A. Iosco ’78
Circuit Court of Cook County    Circuit Court of Cook County
Chicago, Illinois               Chicago, Illinois
Gloria G. Coco ’78              Pamela G. Karahalios ’78
Circuit Court of Cook County    Circuit Court of Cook County
Chicago, Illinois               Rolling Meadows, Illinois
Frances Doherty ’85             Kathleen O. Kauffmann ’90
Washoe County District          Fifteenth Judicial Circuit
Reno, Nevada                    Oregon, Illinois
John T. Elsner ’78              Kerry M. Kennedy ’78
Eighteenth Judicial Circuit     Circuit Court of Cook County
Wheaton, Illinois               Bridgeview, Illinois
Rodney W. Equi ’78              John J. Kinsella ’81
Eighteenth Judicial Circuit     Eighteenth Judicial Circuit
Wheaton, Illinois               Wheaton, Illinois
James P. Etchingham ’78         Mark Lopez ’83
Circuit Court of Cook County    Circuit Court of Cook County
Rolling Meadows, Illinois       Chicago, Illinois
Thomas P. Fecarotta ’80         Patricia Martin Bishop ’85
Circuit Court of Cook County    Circuit Court of Cook County
Rolling Meadow, Illinois        Chicago, Illinois
Lawrence E. Flood ’84           Timothy J. McCann ’88
Circuit Court of Cook County    Sixteenth Judicial Circuit
Chicago, Illinois               St. Charles, Illinois




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  Graduates in the Judiciary

James P. McCarthy ’78                Terence M. Sheen ’81
Circuit Court of Cook County         Eighteenth Judicial Circuit
Chicago, Illinois                    Wheaton, Illinois
Joseph G. McGraw ’85                 Richard J. Siegel, ’8
Seventeenth Judicial Circuit         Twelfth Judicial Circuit
Rockford, Illinois                   Joliet, Illinois
Patricia McManaman ’78               Robbin J. Stuckert ’90
First Circuit District Court         Sixteenth Judicial Circuit
Honolulu, Hawaii                     Sycamore, Illinois
Jane Hird Mitton ’83                 John D. Tourtelot ’80
Eighteenth Judicial Circuit          Circuit Court of Cook County
Wheaton, Illinois                    Maywood, Illinois
Daniel J. Molter ’78                 Theresa L. Ursin ’8
Newton Superior Court                Fifteenth Judicial Circuit
Kentland, Indiana                    Freeport, Illinois
Michael J. O’Malley ’79              Joseph R. Waldeck ’79
Twentieth Judicial Circuit           Nineteenth Judicial Circuit
Belleville, Illinois                 Waukegan, Illinois
Luciano Panici ’79                   John A. Wasilewski ’78
Circuit Court of Cook County         Circuit Court of Cook County
Markham, Illinois                    Bridgeview, Illinois
Cary B. Pierce ’79                   Charles P. Weech ’88
Eighteenth Judicial Circuit          Nineteenth Judicial Circuit
Wheaton, Illinois                    Woodstock, Illinois
Sharon L. Prather ’79                Bonnie M. Wheaton ’78
Nineteenth Judicial Circuit          Eighteenth Judicial Circuit
Woodstock, Illinois                  Wheaton, Illinois
Cynthia M. Raccuglia ’81             Ronald J. White ’78
Thirteenth Judicial Circuit          Seventeenth Judicial Circuit
Ottawa, Illinois                     Rockford, Illinois
Hyman Riebman ’78                    Stephen D. White ’78
Circuit Court of Cook County         Twelfth Judicial Circuit
Rolling Meadows, Illinois            Joliet, Illinois
Kandra K. Robbins ’93                Diane E. Winter ’81
Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa   Nineteenth Judicial Circuit
Indians Tribal Court                 Waukegan, Illinois
Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan
Victoria A. Rossetti ’79
Nineteenth Judicial Circuit
                                     Retired
Waukegan, Illinois                   Pamela K. Jensen ’79
                                     Paul J. Nealis ’78


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         Louis G. Apostol
         Commissioner/Judge
         Illinois Court of Claims
         Chicago, Illinois




A     ppointed commissioner to the Illinois Court of Claims in 2003 by
      Governor Rod Blagojevich, Hon. Louis Apostol hears contract and
tort cases against the state of Illinois. He is a principal with Much Shelist
in Chicago practicing in the areas of business and finance, real estate,
and wealth transfer and succession planning. Apostol previously served
as the public administrator of Cook County and counsel to Freeborn &
Peters in Chicago and Springfield. He is a recipient of the Association
Forum of Chicago’s Public Service Award, Hellenic Bar Association’s
Attorney of the Year Award, and a State of Illinois Governor’s
Recognition Proclamation.
Apostol received a B.A. from Elmhurst College, a M.B.A. from NIU, and a
J.D. from NIU Law in 1978.


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                        Marc P. Bernabei
                                      Circuit Judge
                          Thirteenth Judicial Circuit
                                  Princeton, Illinois




H      on. Marc Bernabei was elected to the bench in 1998 after serving
       as the Bureau County state’s attorney since 1984. He was retained
in 2004. Bernabei initially spent several years in private practice with the
firm of Bruno P. Bernabei & Associates in Spring Valley before going into
public service as a state’s attorney’s appellate prosecutor. He has served
on the executive committee of the Illinois State’s Attorneys Association,
and the ISBA Board of Governors. In 1992, Bernabei received the Kahla
Lansing Memorial Award for his work in child protection services. Prior
to law school, Bernabei worked on the other side of the bench as a
police officer.
Bernabei received a B.A. from Lewis University and a J.D. from NIU Law
in 1981.


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        Mary Beth Bonaventura
        Senior Judge, Juvenile Division
        Superior Court of Lake County
        Crown Point, Indiana




H      on. Mary Beth Bonaventura was appointed to the bench in
       1993, elected in 1996, and retained in 2002. Bonaventura
was appointed as senior judge after more than a decade serving as
magistrate. As senior judge of the Juvenile Division, Bonaventura
presides over one of the largest court systems in the state. She began
her service to Lake County, Indiana, as a probation officer. After
graduating from NIU Law, Bonaventura became a deputy prosecutor.
In 1982 she worked in the Juvenile Court as a referee, and in 1986,
established and served as executive adviser for the Court Appointed
Special Advocate Program.
Bonaventura received a B.A. from Marian College and a J.D. from NIU
Law in 1981.


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                 Joseph S. Bongiorno
                                    Associate Judge
                           Eighteenth Judicial Circuit
                                    Wheaton, Illinois




H       on. Joseph Bongiorno was appointed to the bench in 1990.
        During his judgeship, Bongiorno served three years as
supervising judge of the Arbitration Division. He began his law career
in 1979 as a staff attorney with the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s
Office, where he worked in the Misdemeanor and Civil Divisions. In
1984, Bongiorno went into private practice with the law firm of Daniels
& Faris and accepted a position as counsel to the Minority Leader of the
Illinois House of Representatives. Two years later, Bongiorno returned
to the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office working under former
Illinois Attorney General Jim Ryan, who appointed him supervisor in the
Civil Division.
Bongiorno received a B.A. from Elmhurst College and a J.D. from NIU
Law in 1979.

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        James K. Booras
        Circuit Judge
        Nineteenth Judicial Circuit
        Waukegan, Illinois




H       on. James Booras was appointed associate judge in 1991 and
        circuit judge in 2000; he was elected circuit judge in 2002. Prior
to his judicial appointment, Booras was in private practice, served as a
Waukegan city prosecutor, and worked as a Lake County assistant state’s
attorney where he was chief of the Narcotics Prosecution Division.
Booras received a B.S. from NIU and a J.D. from NIU Law in 1979.




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                              William S. Boyd
                                      Associate Judge
                         Circuit Court of Cook County
                                       Chicago, Illinois




H      on. William Boyd was associate judge in 1998 and served in the
       Traffic Division of the 1st Municipal District prior to transferring to
the Domestic Relations Division. In 2000, he was appointed preliminary
judge of Calendar C. He joined the bench after 15 years practicing
family law at several firms, the most recent being Boyd & Cane. Prior
to entering private practice, Boyd provided litigation support in the
Special Services Division at Arthur Andersen & Co.
Boyd received a B.S. from the University of Illinois-Chicago and a J.D.
from NIU Law in 1980.




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        Gloria G. Coco
        Supervising Judge, Domestic Violence Section
        Circuit Court of Cook County,
        Chicago, Illinois




H       on. Gloria Coco was appointed to the circuit court in 1991 as an
        associate judge. In 1997, Coco was appointed supervising judge
of the Domestic Violence Section in the 1st Municipal District after
having served in the Section since 1995. She oversees five courtrooms
handling approximately 53,000 domestic violence cases each year. Coco
also has taught in the area of domestic violence for numerous judicial
associations and bar groups such as the National Council of Juvenile and
Family Court Judges and the FBI’s National Symposium on Family and
Elder Abuse. Prior to her judicial appointment, Coco served as director
of the Code Enforcement Bureau for the Department of Buildings, City
of Chicago; deputy chief of the Consumer Protection Division of the
Illinois Attorney General; and assistant state’s attorney for Cook County.
Coco received a B.A. from Mundelein College, a J.D. from NIU Law
in 1978, and a B.A. in Radio/TV/Film and Theater Performance from
Northwestern University in 2004.
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                          Frances Doherty
                              District Court Judge
                      Second Judicial District Court
                                     Reno, Nevada




H      on. Frances Doherty was elected to the bench in 2002 and served
       two years as the presiding judge of the Family Division. Doherty
began her legal career in Nevada as an attorney at Washoe Legal
Services, where she also served as executive director. In 1993, she was
appointed as a deputy attorney general for the Nevada Commission on
Ethics. During that time she also was counsel for the Nevada Office of
Consumer Affairs.
Doherty received a B.S. from Illinois State University and a J.D. from NIU
Law in 1985.




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        John T. Elsner
        Circuit Judge
        Eighteenth Judicial Circuit
        Wheaton, Illinois




H      on. John Elsner was appointed associate judge in 1991 and circuit
       judge in 2000; he was elected circuit judge in 2002. Prior to his
judicial appointment, Elsner was an assistant state’s attorney for DuPage
County. He also served as the village attorney of Lombard and was in
private practice with the firm of Schirott & Elsner.
Elsner received a B.A. from Lewis University and a J.D. from NIU Law
in 1978.




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                              Rodney W. Equi
Presiding Judge, Domestic Relations Division
                  Eighteenth Judicial Circuit
                           Wheaton, Illinois




H      on. Rodney Equi was appointed associate judge in 1992 and
       circuit judge in 1997; he was elected circuit judge in 1998 and
retained in 2004. He is the presiding judge of the Domestic Relations
Division. Prior to his judicial appointment, Equi was in private practice
with the law firm of Donovan & Roberts, P.C., in Wheaton. He was an
associate from 1980 until 1984 and then became partner.
Equi received a B.A. from DePaul University and a J.D. from the NIU Law
in 1979.




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        James P. Etchingham
        Associate Judge
        Circuit Court of Cook County
        Rolling Meadows, Illinois




H       on. James Etchingham was appointed circuit judge in 1994.
        At the end of his term in 1996, he returned to private practice.
Etchingham rejoined the bench as an associate judge in 1998 and is
assigned to the 3rd Municipal District where he hears misdemeanor jury
and domestic violence cases. Etchingham began his law career as an
assistant city attorney for the city of Park Ridge and subsequently served
as a city prosecutor for the villages of Park Ridge, Norridge, Barrington,
Inverness, Rolling Meadows, and Palatine. As a private practitioner, he
was a partner in the law firm of Geocaris & Etchingham.
Etchingham received a B.A. from St. Norbert’s College and a J.D. from
NIU Law in 1978.



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                 Thomas P. Fecarotta
                                         Circuit Judge
                        Circuit Court of Cook County
                             Rolling Meadow, Illinois




H      on. Thomas Fecarotta was elected circuit judge in 1998 and was
       retained in 2004. He currently serves in the 3rd Municipal District
where he has presided over felony trial cases since May 2000. Fecarotta
began his legal career as an assistant state’s attorney in Cook County
serving in the Felony Trial and the Municipal Divisions. In 1986, he went
into private practice as a partner with the firm Pileggi, Guxman, Ginex
& Fecarotta. Fecarotta is a former advisor to the sheriff of Cook County
and former general counsel for Centex Corporation. Prior to his judicial
appointment, he was a partner in the firm of Ginex & Fecarotta, P.C. in
Westchester.
Fecarotta received a B.A. from Lewis University and a J.D. from NIU
College of Law in 1980.


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        Lawrence E. Flood
        Associate Judge
        Circuit Court of Cook County
        Chicago, Illinois




H     on. Lawrence Flood was appointed associate judge in 2001.
      Immediately prior to his judicial appointment, Flood was an
associate with the firm of Burke Burns & Pinelli. His previous legal
experience includes practice as an associate with Pucell & Wardrope; as
an associate with Masuda Funai Eifert & Mitchell; as a partner with Cox
Flood & Lyle; and as special counsel to former Illinois Attorney General
Jim Ryan. He began his legal career as an assistant Cook County state’s
attorney and also served in DuPage County. Prior to attending law
school, Flood spent 14 years with the Chicago Police Department as a
patrolman and homicide detective.
Flood received a B.A. from Loyola University of Chicago, an M.P.A. from
Illinois Institute of Technology, and a J.D. from NIU Law in 1984.


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                               James J. Gavin
                                         Circuit Judge
                        Circuit Court of Cook County
                                   Maywood, Illinois




H      on. James Gavin was elected circuit judge in 1996 and retained
       in 2002. Initially assigned to the Domestic Relations Division of
the Circuit Court of Cook County, Gavin was then assigned in 1999 to
an individual calendar, a docket that includes preliminary matters, trials,
and post-decree cases. Prior to his judicial election, he was a partner
with the general practice law firm of Gavin & Gavin in Westchester.
Gavin received a B.S. from Arizona State University and a J.D. from NIU
Law in 1985.




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         Joseph M. Grady
         Circuit Judge
         Sixteenth Judicial Circuit
         St. Charles, Illinois




H      on. Joseph Grady was elected circuit judge in 2002. He was
       initially assigned to the Family Division and now serves at the
Kane County Judicial Center in St. Charles. Prior to his judicial election,
Grady maintained his own practice in Aurora. In 1993, Grady retired
from the Illinois State Police after 26 years of service. He then served as
an assistant state’s attorney for Kane County until 1997.
Grady received a B.S. from Loyola University of Chicago and a J.D. from
NIU Law in 1979.




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                          James C. Hallock
                                      Associate Judge
                              Sixteenth Judicial Circuit
                                    St. Charles, Illinois




H       on. James Hallock was appointed associate judge in 1992
        and reappointed in 2003. Prior to his current assignment in
the Domestic Violence Division, he was assigned to the Traffic and
Misdemeanor Division where he heard DUI cases. Immediately prior
to joining the bench, Hallock was in private practice with the law firm
of Brittain & Ketcham, P.C. in Carpentersville. He also was a partner in
the firm of Wilder & Hallock, where he concentrated in the areas of
mortgage foreclosure, landlord/tenant, and real estate law.
Hallock received a B.S. from East Texas State University and a J.D. from
NIU Law in 1978.




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        Janet R. Holmgren
        Presiding Judge, Family Division
        Seventeenth Judicial Circuit
        Rockford, Illinois




H      on. Janet Holmgren was appointed associate judge in 1995,
       elected circuit judge in 1998, and retained in 2004. She has been
assigned to felony, DUI and misdemeanor cases, and has presided
over all juvenile abuse and neglect proceedings in Winnebago County,
as well as all mental health cases for a nine-county area. She is the
presiding judge in the Family Division and also hears major civil cases.
Prior to her judicial service, Holmgren was in private practice with the
Rockford law firm of Donohue & Clark, Ltd., from 1992 until 1995. She
also has been associated with Holmstrom & Green, P.C., and Clark,
McGreevy & Johnson, P.C. While in private practice, Holmgren served
as both an arbitrator and mediator in the court-annexed alternative
dispute resolution programs that were developed in the 17th Circuit
and have served as model programs throughout the state.
Holmgren received a B.A. from the University of Denver and a J.D. from
NIU Law in 1985.
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                     Vanessa A. Hopkins
                                          Circuit Judge
                         Circuit Court of Cook County
                                       Chicago, Illinois




H      on. Vanessa Hopkins was elected circuit judge in 1996 and
       retained in 2002. She initially was assigned to the 1st Municipal
District of the Circuit Court of Cook County and later assigned to
the Forcible Entry and Detainer Division. Hopkins also has served in
the Traffic, Juvenile Justice, Domestic Violence, and Civil Non-Jury
Trial Divisions. She currently is assigned to a jury call in the Civil Trial
Division. Prior to her judicial election, Hopkins operated her own law
firm. Before her legal career, Hopkins taught management, economics,
marketing, and business law courses at Northeastern University,
Kishwaukee College, DeVry Institute of Technology, and Roosevelt
University.
Hopkins received a B.S. from Chicago State University, an M.B.A. from
Roosevelt University, and a J.D. from NIU Law in 1993.

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         Anthony A. Iosco
         Circuit Judge
         Circuit Court of Cook County
         Chicago, Illinois




H      on. Anthony Iosco practiced law for 22 years before being elected
       circuit judge in 2000. Prior to his judicial election, Iosco was in
private practice for 16 years after stints as an assistant Illinois attorney
general and chief of general prosecutions with the Illinois Department
of Professional Regulation. While engaged in private practice, Iosco
focused on real estate, bankruptcy, and litigation matters. He also was a
chair-qualified member of Cook County Mandatory Arbitration and sat
on the Chicago Crime Commission’s Legislative and Courts Committee.
Iosco received a B.A. from the University of Illinois and a J.D. from NIU
Law in 1978.




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                Pamela G. Karahalios
                                     Associate Judge
                        Circuit Court of Cook County
                            Rolling Meadows, Illinois




H      on. Pamela Karahalios was first appointed associate judge in 1988
       and was reappointed in 1991, 1995, 1999, and 2003. She currently
serves in the 3rd Municipal District where she hears criminal and civil
cases. Previously, Karahalios worked as an assistant state’s attorney
in Cook County where she began in the Juvenile Division before
transferring to the Felony Trial Division in the 4th Municipal District. She
also served as a trial supervisor in the Juvenile Division.
Karahalios received a B.A. from Lewis University and a J.D. from NIU Law
in 1978.




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        Kathleen O. Kauffmann
        Associate Judge
        Fifteenth Judicial Circuit
        Oregon, Illinois




H      on. Kathleen Kauffmann was appointed associate judge in
       2003. From 1991 until 1997, Kauffman served as assistant state’s
attorney in Ogle County. She then became the chief felony prosecutor
in DeKalb County. Prior to her judicial service, Kauffmann was a solo
practitioner in Oregon, Illinois, where she concentrated in family law
and criminal defense.
Kauffman received a B.S. from NIU and a J.D. from NIU Law in 1990.




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                        Kerry M. Kennedy
                                        Circuit Judge
                       Circuit Court of Cook County
                                 Bridgeview, Illinois




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H      on. Kerry Kennedy was elected circuit judge in 2002. Kennedy
       initially was assigned to the 1st Municipal District and later
transferred to the 5th Municipal District in Bridgeview. Prior to his
judicial election, Kennedy served 20 years as an assistant public
defender for Cook County.
Kennedy received a B.A. from the University of Chicago, a M.S. from
Illinois Institute of Technology, and a J.D. from NIU Law in 1978.




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         John J. Kinsella
         Associate Judge
         Eighteenth Judicial Circuit
         Wheaton, Illinois




H     on. John Kinsella was appointed associate judge in 2003 and
      is currently assigned to the Traffic Division. Prior to his judicial
appointment, Kinsella was a DuPage County first assistant state’s
attorney. He initially worked with that office while attending law school
and remained there as an assistant state’s attorney after graduation. In
1985, he was named chief of the Special Prosecutions Unit, and then
worked as the deputy chief of the Criminal Division from 1991 until
1996.
Kinsella received a B.A. from Western Illinois University and a J.D. from
NIU Law in 1981.




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                                  Mark J. Lopez
                                     Associate Judge
                        Circuit Court of Cook County
                                      Chicago, Illinois




H      on. Mark Lopez was appointed associate judge in 1999 and
       currently presides in the Domestic Relations Division hearing
post-decree cases. He previously worked in the Illinois Attorney
General’s Office, which he joined in 1992 as director of the Southwest
Chicago Regional Office. In 1995, he transferred to its Industrial
Commission Bureau, eventually becoming chief of that unit. Lopez
began his career as an assistant state’s attorney for Cook County. Two
years later, he went into private practice with his father and eventually
became a partner at the law firm of Honoratus Lopez & Associates.
Lopez received a B.S. from the University of Illinois-Chicago and a J.D.
from NIU Law in 1983.



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         Patricia Martin Bishop
         Presiding Judge, Child Protection Division
         Circuit Court of Cook County
         Chicago, Illinois




H      on. Patricia Martin Bishop was elected circuit judge in 1996 and
       retained in 2002. She initially was assigned to the Child Protection
Division and later transferred to the Law Division. In 2000, she was
appointed the presiding judge of the Child Protection Division. Martin
Bishop is a member of Special Supreme Court Committee on Child
Custody Issues and a member of the Special Supreme Court Committee
on Racial, Ethnic, and Sexual Orientation Awareness. Prior to her judicial
service, Martin Bishop worked for Cook County as an assistant public
defender, an attorney trial supervisor, and deputy chief of the 5th
Municipal District.
Martin Bishop received a B.S. from Middlebury College and a J.D. from
the NIU Law in 1985.


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                     Timothy J. McCann
                                      Associate Judge
                              Sixteenth Judicial Circuit
                                          Elgin, Illinois




H      on. Timothy McCann was appointed associate judge in 2005 after
       serving nearly 10 years as the Kendall County state’s attorney.
Prior to his public service, McCann was in private practice, initially as an
associate and then as a solo practitioner. McCann also has experience in
law enforcement and was a deputy sheriff when he decided to attend
law school.
McCann received a B.S. from Aurora University and a J.D. from NIU Law
in 1985.




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         James P. McCarthy
         Circuit Judge
         Circuit Court of Cook County
         Chicago, Illinois




H      on. James McCarthy was appointed circuit judge in 1996, elected
       circuit judge in 1998, and was retained in 2004. McCarthy was
originally assigned to the Traffic Center, and in 2003 transferred to the
Law Division. Initially a solo practitioner, McCarthy joined the Litigation
Division of the City of Chicago Corporation Counsel in 1982, first as
assistant corporation counsel and then as senior attorney supervisor.
In those roles, McCarthy defended the city and its employees in both
federal and state court litigation.
McCarthy received a B.S. from St. Joseph’s College and a J.D. from NIU
Law in 1978.




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                       Joseph G. McGraw
                                      Circuit Judge
                         Seventeenth Judicial Circuit
                                   Rockford, Illinois




H       on. Joseph McGraw was appointed circuit judge in 2002 and
        elected circuit judge later that year. McGraw also is certified as
a mediator in the Alternative Dispute Resolution Pilot Program for the
17th Judicial Circuit. He began his legal career as an assistant state’s
attorney in Warren County and then served in Winnebago County until
1989. He then became a partner at the law firm of Turner & McGraw
where he concentrated in personal injury and medical malpractice
cases. In 1995, McGraw established his own firm and practiced personal
injury, medical malpractice, product liability, civil rights, and insurance
law until his judicial appointment.
McGraw received a B.S. from University of Illinois and a J.D. from NIU
Law in 1985.


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        Patricia McManaman
        Per Diem Judge
        First Circuit District Court
        Honolulu, Hawaii




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H      on. Patricia McManaman was appointed per diem judge in
       1991. In addition to her judicial service, McManaman is the chief
executive officer of Na Loio Immigrant Rights and Public Interest Legal
Center, a non-profit group that assists underprivileged immigrants
and their families living in Hawaii. McManaman began her legal career
in Hawaii as a deputy public defender in 1979, a position she held
until 1982. She also has been an associate with various law firms.
McManaman received the Hawaii Women Lawyers’ President’s Award
in 2002 and a 2004 Ho’okele Award from the Hawaii Community
Foundation and the Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation for her
work as a “relentless advocate” for those she serves.
McManaman received a B.A. from University of Colorado-Boulder and a
J.D. from NIU Law in 1978.

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                         Jane Hird Mitton
                                     Associate Judge
                            Eighteenth Judicial Circuit
                                     Wheaton, Illinois




H      on. Jane Hird Mitton has served in the Domestic Relations
       Division since her appointment as associate judge in 1995.
Mitton began her legal career while in law school as she gained hands-
on experience in the DuPage County State’s Attorney Office. Mitton
remained there as an assistant state’s attorney for two years after
graduation. In 1985, she went into private civil litigation with the Law
Offices of Robert V. Gilfo, Ltd. in Wheaton. Prior to her judicial service,
Mitton returned to the DuPage County State’s Attorney Office for nine
years as supervisor of the Civil Division.
Mitton received an undergraduate degree from the University of
Minnesota and a J.D. from NIU Law in 1983.



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        Daniel J. Molter
        Judge
        Newton Superior Court
        Kentland, Indiana




H      on. Daniel Molter was appointed judge in 1986 and was elected
       judge in 1988. Prior to his judicial appointment, Molter worked as
the Newton County public defender, as counsel for the Newton County
Sheriff’s Merit Board, and as a probation and juvenile officer. He also
worked in a general civil and criminal law practice.
Molter received a B.S. from Indiana State University and a J.D. from NIU
Law in 1978.




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                      Michael J. O’Malley
                                         Circuit Judge
                              Twentieth Judicial Circuit
                                      Belleville, Illinois




H      on. Michael O’Malley was appointed associate judge in 1984,
       elected circuit judge in 1990, and retained in 2002. O’Malley
began his legal career as an assistant state’s attorney for St. Claire
County. Prior to his judicial service, he was in private practice with his
father in the law firm O’Malley & O’Malley in Belleville.
O’Malley received a B.A. from Southern Illinois University and a J.D. from
NIU Law in 1979.




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         Luciano Panici
         Associate Judge
         Circuit Court of Cook County
         Markham, Illinois




H      on. Luciano Panici was appointed associate judge in 2001. He
       initially was assigned to the 1st Municipal District’s Traffic Court,
and transferred to the 6th Municipal District in 2003. Prior to his judicial
appointment, Panici practiced workers’ compensation, personal injury,
and municipal law with the firm of Cifelli, Scrementi, Panici, Chudada &
Buoscio, Ltd., which he joined in 1979 as an associate and was named
partner in 1990. He also has served as the Bloom Township attorney
and the Ford Heights Village prosecutor, special counsel for the city
of Chicago Heights, and contract attorney for the Secretary of State in
Administrative Hearings.
Panici received a B.A. from Loyola University and a J.D. from NIU Law
in 1979.


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                                   Cary B. Pierce
                                     Associate Judge
                            Eighteenth Judicial Circuit
                                     Wheaton, Illinois




H      on. Cary Pierce was appointed associate judge in 1991 and was
       subsequently reappointed. Pierce has served in the Misdemeanor
Division, Law Division, Special Services Division, and the Traffic Division.
Prior to his judicial appointment, Pierce served as a deputy circuit
court clerk for the 18th Judicial Circuit Court and completed two terms
as the public administrator, guardian, and conservator for DuPage
County. Previously he was in private practice with his twin brother at
the Wheaton firm of Pierce & Pierce. He also worked as a deputy public
defender for DuPage County and was a trial attorney with the law firm
of Donald G. Messinger in Hinsdale.
Pierce received a B.A. from Western Illinois University and a J.D. from NIU
Law in 1979.


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         Sharon L. Prather
         Presiding Judge
         Nineteenth Judicial Circuit
         Woodstock, Illinois




H       on. Sharon Prather was appointed associate judge in 1992,
        elected circuit judge in 1996, and retained in 2002. Prather served
in the Family Division and presided over divorce cases prior to her
current assignment to the Felony II Courtroom. In 2004, she became
the first female presiding judge in McHenry County. Prior to her judicial
appointment, she was a partner in the law firm of Reilly, Prather, Graham
& McAndrews in McHenry.
Prather received a B.A. from Lewis University and a J.D. from NIU Law
in 1979.




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                Cynthia M. Raccuglia
                                        Circuit Judge
                            Thirteenth Judicial Circuit
                                      Ottawa, Illinois




H      on. Cynthia Raccuglia was appointed associate judge in 1991
       and was assigned to the Family Division. She was elected circuit
judge in 1995 and retained in 2000. Prior to her judicial appointment,
Raccuglia was an associate in her father’s law firm, Anthony C. Raccuglia
& Associates in Ottawa, where she concentrated on tort litigation,
including libel and defamation cases involving constitutional issues on
both the state and federal levels.
Raccuglia received a B.A. from St. Mary’s College of Notre Dame and a
J.D. from NIU Law in 1981.




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         Hyman I. Riebman
         Associate Judge
         Circuit Court of Cook County
         Rolling Meadows, Illinois




H      on. Hyman Riebman was appointed associate judge in 2001
       after working 20 years in private practice primarily as a criminal
defense attorney. Riebman was initially assigned to the 1st Municipal
District Traffic Court. He was transferred to the 3rd Municipal District in
2003. Riebman began his career as a Cook County state’s attorney. He
subsequently worked in private practice with Davis & Riebman in Skokie
and as a solo practitioner in Des Plaines. Prior to his judicial service,
Riebman was a partner with the firm of Kovitz Shifrin & Waitzman in
Buffalo Grove.
Riebman received a B.A. from DePaul University and a J.D. from NIU Law
in 1978.



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                           Kandra Robbins
                                           Judge
     Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians
                                     Tribal Court
                      Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan




H       on. Kandra Robbins was appointed judge of the Sault Ste. Marie
        Chippewa Tribal Court in 2000. The tribe consists of more than
26,000 members nationwide and is legally identified as a “domestic
independent nation” that operates its own government. Robbins
became affiliated with the Chippewa Tribe as a law student serving
summer clerkships with the group, which led to an offer to serve as
a staff attorney after graduation. Within six months of practicing for
the tribe, Robbins was assigned as prosecutor for the Sault Ste. Marie
Chippewa Tribe, where she represented the Tribal Housing Authority. In
addition to being the first staff attorney to be a member of the Sault Ste.
Marie Chippewa Tribe, Robbins is the first tribal member to be a full-
time judge of the Tribal Court.
Robbins received a B.S. from Central Michigan University and J.D. from
NIU Law in 1993.
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         Victoria A. Rossetti
         Presiding Judge, Felony Division
         Nineteenth Judicial Circuit
         Waukegan, Illinois




H      on. Victoria Rossetti was appointed associate judge in 1990 and
       appointed circuit judge in 2002. She served as the first female
presiding judge in the Juvenile Division. Elected circuit judge in 2004,
Rossetti currently presides over the felony division. Prior to joining the
bench, Rossetti was an assistant state’s attorney in Lake County. She
began there as a felony trial assistant, then became chief of the Juvenile
Division, and finally was chief of the Misdemeanor Division. Rossetti
began her legal career as an assistant state’s attorney in DuPage County.
In recognition of her distinguished service, Rossetti is a recipient of the
Benedict J. Ori Award and the Fred L. Foreman Criminal Justice Award.
Rossetti received a B.S. from St. Louis University, a M.S.W. from St. Louis
University, and a J.D. from NIU Law in 1979.


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                         Terence M. Sheen
                                     Associate Judge
                            Eighteenth Judicial Circuit
                                     Wheaton, Illinois




H      on. Terence Sheen was appointed associate judge in 1995.
       He initially served in the Misdemeanor/Traffic Division and
transferred to Domestic Relations. Prior to his judicial appointment, he
was a partner in the law firm of Daniels, Sheen & Howlett in Elmhurst,
where he concentrated his practice on probate, chancery, disabled
estates, and litigation in federal and state courts. Sheen also has served
as a public administrator for DuPage County.
Sheen received a B.A. from Loyola University and a J.D. from NIU Law
in 1981.




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        Richard J. Siegel
        Presiding Judge, Arbitration Division
        Twelfth Judicial Circuit
        Joliet, Illinois




E    lected circuit judge in 2002, Hon. Richard Siegel presides in the
     Arbitration Division and also hears civil jury trials. He formerly
served as a Will County assistant state’s attorney, assistant Illinois
attorney general, regional claim counsel for CNA Insurance, and was
an associate with Hinshaw & Culbertson. Prior to attending law school,
Siegel was a teacher in the Joliet Township High School District. He
also has 35 years of music experience as an accomplished organist,
performer and arranger, published composer, classical orchestra
conductor, and instructor at Joliet Junior College.
Siegel earned a B.M. from the College of St. Francis, a M.M. from NIU, a
Ph.D. in sacred music from Greenwich University, and a J.D. from NIU
Law in 1982.


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                          Robbin Stuckert
                                        Circuit Judge
                             Sixteenth Judicial Circuit
                                    Sycamore, Illinois




W         hen Hon. Robbin Stuckert was appointed associate judge in
          2001, and later circuit judge in 2003, she was the first woman
from DeKalb County to serve with the 16th Judicial Circuit (she joined
fellow NIU alumna Hon. Pam Jensen, now retired, as the only other
woman in the circuit at the time). She was elected circuit judge in
2004. Stuckert began her legal career with the Law Office of Bernard
Z. Paul in DeKalb. She was an assistant Ogle County state’s attorney
for two years prior to joining the firm of Cronauer & Kruizenga in 1992,
which later became Cronauer, Kruizenga & Stuckert. Prior to her judicial
service, Stuckert was an associate with the firm of Gallagher & Brady in
Sycamore.
Stuckert received a B.A. from NIU and a J.D. from NIU Law in 1990.


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         John Tourtelot
         Associate Judge
         Circuit Court of Cook County
         Maywood, Illinois




H       on. John Tourtelot initially was appointed associate judge in 1995.
        After his term expired, he served as an assistant Illinois attorney
general until he was again appointed associate judge in 1997. Prior to
his original judicial appointment, Tourtelot was a special prosecutor
for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office and the assistant village
prosecutor for the village of Schaumburg. In addition, he was a partner
with Thill, Kolodz & Favaro, Ltd. and was named city prosecutor for the
city of Prospect Heights. He also has served on the faculty of Harper
Community College, the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education,
and hosted law-related television and radio programs. Before attending
NIU Law, Tourtelot was a Cook County correctional officer and police
sergeant.
Tourtelot received a B.A. from the University of Illinois-Chicago and a
J.D. from NIU Law in 1980.
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                            Theresa L. Ursin
                                          Circuit Judge
                               Fifteenth Judicial Circuit
                                       Freeport, Illinois




H      on. Theresa Ursin was appointed associate judge in 1999 and
       elected circuit judge in 2004. Prior to her judicial service, Ursin
had served as an assistant state’s attorney for Stephenson County since
1987. In 1993 she also served as counsel to the Stephenson County
Board. Ursin began her law career in private practice.
Ursin received a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin and a J.D. from
NIU Law in 1982.




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        Joseph R. Waldeck
        Associate Judge
        Nineteenth Judicial Circuit
        Waukegan, Illinois




H      on. Joseph Waldeck was appointed associate judge in 1995 and
       was reappointed in 1999 and 2003. He has served in the Juvenile,
Felony, and Misdemeanor Divisions. Waldeck began his law career as
an associate with Jesmer & Harris and then became a Lake County
assistant state’s attorney. In 1981, he became a partner with Walter,
Smoker & Waldeck. Prior to his judicial appointment, Waldeck was a
solo practitioner concentrating in criminal defense. He also served as a
special Lake County public defender.
Waldeck received a B.S. from Marquette University and a J.D. from NIU
Law in 1979.




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                     John A. Wasilewski
                                     Associate Judge
                        Circuit Court of Cook County
                                  Bridgeview, Illinois




H       on. John Wasilewski was appointed associate judge in 1988 and
        was subsequently retained for full four-year terms. He served
as supervising judge of the Felony Trial Section in the 6th Municipal
District before being transferred to the Criminal Division. Prior to his
judicial appointment, Wasilewski worked for the Cook County State’s
Attorney’s Office, beginning as a felony trial assistant. He was then
appointed deputy supervisor of Cook County’s 1st Municipal District.
Outside of his chambers, Wasilewski has been a commentator for the
Illinois State Bar Association on criminal law for various television
programs and is a speaker for the Criminal Law Update Programs in
Chicago and Springfield.
Wasilewski received a B.A. from DePaul University and a J.D. from NIU
Law in 1978.

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         Charles P. Weech
         Associate Judge
         Nineteenth Judicial Circuit
         Woodstock, Illinois




H      on. Charles Weech was appointed associate judge in 2001 and
       reappointed in 2003. He was assigned to Traffic, Ordinance,
and Conservation bench trials before being transferred to Special
Assignments. He is presently assigned to criminal jury trials. Prior to his
judicial appointment, Weech was a partner in the law firm of Pollock,
Meyers, Eicksteadt and Weech, Ltd. As a law student, he served as a law
clerk with the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office. Prior to law
school, Weech was a McHenry County juvenile probation officer and
criminal investigator for the McHenry County Public Defender’s Office.
Weech received a B.S. from Western Illinois University and a J.D. from
NIU Law in 1988.



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                         Bonnie Wheaton
               Presiding Judge, Chancery Division
                        Eighteenth Judicial Circuit
                                 Wheaton, Illinois




H      on. Bonnie Wheaton was appointed associate judge in 1988
       and appointed circuit judge in 1990. She was elected circuit
judge in 1992 and retained in 1998 and in 2004. Wheaton currently
serves as presiding judge of the Chancery Division. Prior to her judicial
appointment, she was a partner with Wylie, Wheaton & Associates, P.C.,
where she concentrated her practice in personal injury and domestic
relations. She also has served as director and member of numerous
committees of the DuPage County Bar Association and the Illinois
Judges Association. Wheaton also was elected to the prestigious
American Law Institute.
Wheaton received a B.A. from Carleton College, a M.S.W. from University
of Michigan, and a J.D. from NIU Law in 1978.


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         Ronald J. White
         Associate Judge
         Seventeenth Judicial Circuit
         Rockford, Illinois




H       on. Ronald White was appointed associate judge in 1998. White
        has served in the Traffic and Criminal Divisions. He also has served
as presiding judge of the Major Traffic/DUI Court. Prior to his judicial
appointment, White was a trial attorney and deputy state’s attorney
with the Winnebago County, in charge of the Felony Division. White
also is a former instructor at Rock Valley College and the Northwestern
University Traffic Institute.
White received a B.S. from Illinois State University and a J.D. from NIU
Law in 1978.




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                         Stephen D. White
                                           Chief Judge
                                Twelfth Judicial Circuit
                                          Joliet, Illinois




H      on. Stephen White was appointed associate judge in 1991,
       appointed circuit judge in 1995, elected in 1996, and retained in
2002. Before being elected chief judge, White served as the presiding
judge of the Felony Criminal Division since 1997. He also presides over
the circuit’s Drug Court, which he has overseen since its inception
in 1999. White began his law career as a Will County assistant state’s
attorney. In 1985 he was named chief of the Felony Division and later
served as the first assistant state’s attorney until 1990.
White received a B.A. from Bradley University and a J.D. from NIU Law
in 1978.




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        Diane E. Winter
        Associate Judge
        Nineteenth Judicial Circuit
        Waukegan, Illinois




H     on. Diane Winter was appointed associate judge in 2000 and
      reappointed in 2003. She currently hears divorce and family
matters. Winter was in general practice with Fuqua, Winter & Stiles, Ltd.
in Waukegan for 10 years prior to her judicial appointment. Previously
she was an associate with Kolb & Grotto in Glen Ellyn.
Winter received a B.A. from DePaul University and a J.D. from NIU Law
in 1981.




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                        Pamela K. Jensen
                                                   Retired




H      on. Pamela Jensen was the first female judge in the 16th Judicial
       Circuit when she was appointed associate judge in 1987. During
her judgeship, she served as presiding judge of the Civil Division. Prior
to her appointment, Jensen was a partner in a private firm, and also was
an assistant state’s attorney for Kane County. She retired from the bench
in 2002.
Jensen earned a B.A. from Valparaiso University and a J.D. from NIU Law
in 1979.




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        Paul J. Nealis
        Retired




H      on. Paul Nealis was appointed associate judge in 1991 and
       retained in 2003. He was assigned to Felony Trial Court since 1992
and also served as a supervising judge. Previously, Nealis was a partner
in the law firm of Nealis & Bradley, Ltd., where he concentrated his
practice on criminal defense. Before going into private practice, Nealis
was a Cook County assistant state’s attorney. Initially a trial assistant,
Nealis was promoted to deputy supervisor of the Organized Crime
Section where he prosecuted high-profile mafia cases. Prior to earning
his law degree, Nealis was a homicide detective and sergeant for the
Chicago Police Department. He retired from the bench in October 2005.
Nealis received a B.A. from Chicago State University and a J.D. from NIU
Law in 1978.


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