Sunday, June 21, 2015

Campaign website found for Judge Jerry Esrig

Judge Jerry Esrig is running to hold onto the Berman vacancy in the 9th Judicial Subcircuit. That's a link to Esrig's campaign website in the preceding sentence; a link has been added to the candidate list in the blog Sidebar as well.

Judge Esrig is serving in his second appointment to the Circuit Court. First appointed to the bench by the Illinois Supreme Court in 2013, Esrig ran unsuccessfully in the 2014 primary, falling short in a race that, in the opinions of the several screening bar associations, featured two of the most highly qualified or recommended candidates (Esrig being one of them) in the entire 2014 primary field.

As a judge, Esrig's "assignments have included the Municipal Jury Trial Assignment Call," described by his campaign website as "a challenging, high-volume call which includes emergency motion, case management, status, assignment, motions of course and fully briefed substantive motion calls." Esrig was licensed as an attorney in 1978 and, before his appointment to the bence, was a founding partner in the firm of Zaideman & Esrig, P.C.. From roughly 1985-1999 the firm was known as Epstein, Zaideman & Esrig, PC. (former Appellate Court Justice James Epstein, was a partner in that firm before he went on the bench). According to his website, Esrig "represented individuals who have been profoundly injured in catastrophic events" and "small and medium sized businesses and associations in commercial matters."

According to his campaign website, Esrig served as secretary and then president of Am Yisrael Synagogue. As president, he helped initiate construction of the Rabbi William and Toby Frankel Religious Education Center. He has also coached AYSO soccer and Evanston Youth Baseball.

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