|15th Subcircuit candidate Michael Barrett and family|
In slating Barrett, the 15th Subcircuit committeemen bypassed Judge Chris Lawler, who currently holds the Sterba vacancy pursuant to Supreme Court appointment.
Licensed as an Illinois attorney since 1991, Michael Barrett currently practices with the firm of Barrett & Sramek in Palos Heights. He ran for a 15th Subcircuit seat (as Michael Brendan Barrett) in 2010. According to his campaign website, Barrett served Cook County Committee on the Courts in the 21st Century, the Circuit Court of Cook County Expanded Jurisdiction Committee, and has previously been found recommended or qualified by every rating bar association. Barrett is also, according to his campaign website, the Illinois Referee-in-Chief; Supervisor of Ice Hockey Officials for USA Hockey; and the President of the Chicago Fury, a not for profit Youth Hockey Organization.
Barrett's campaign website has been added to the list of candidates in the blog Sidebar. FWIW has so far been unable to find a campaign website for Judge Embil. However, in the course of researching this post, I found a number of campaign websites for other 15th Subcircuit candidates. Posts about these candidates will be going up shortly.