Thursday, September 20, 2018

Justice Theis announces process to fill two countywide and three subcircuit vacancies

Illinois Supreme Court Justice Mary Jane Theis today announced application processes for five Cook County judicial vacancies.

Two are countywide vacancies; applications will also be accepted for vacancies in the 2nd, 6th, and 14th Subcircuits.

The links in the preceding sentence will take you to the press releases announcing the respective vacancies and the specific requirements for each.

All of the announcements state that applications for any of the vacancies must be received by Friday, October 19 at 4:00 p.m. Applications, which are available via this link, may be emailed to or mailed to the Supreme Court of Illinois, Attn: Ms. Laurie Marino, 160 N. LaSalle Street, Suite N2013, Chicago, IL 60601.

Applicants for prior vacancies must complete and submit new applications in order to be considered for any of these vacancies. Persons applying for a subcircuit vacancy must be a resident of that subcircuit.

The application process includes an evaluation by the Alliance of Bar Associations for Judicial Screening, which is made up of 11 bar groups in the Cook County area, and by the Chicago Bar Association.

Persons with current evaluations may submit these with their applications; persons who have not been previously screened, or whose evaluations have 'aged out', will have to complete separate Alliance and CBA evaluation questionnaires and interviews. Further review will be conducted by a special judicial screening committee that Justice Theis established in 2013 and is co-chaired by retired U.S. District Court Judge Wayne R. Andersen and retired Illinois Appellate Court Judge Michael J. Gallagher.

The two countywide vacancies are, or will be, created by the retirement of Judge Sebastian T. Patti and the decision by Judge Carole K. Bellows not to seek retention. The 2nd Subcircuit vacancy is created by the retirement of Judge Alexander White. The 14th Subcircuit vacancy is created by the retirement of Judge Robert Bertucci. The 6th Subcircuit vacancy will open because of Judge Marya Nega's decision not to seek retention. Appointments to each of these vacancies will expire on the first Monday of December 2020.


Anonymous said...

Let’s creat some more vacancies: #dumpthemall2018

Anonymous said...

Theis is up for retention soon and she wants to appoint women, which will discourage opponents from filing and running against her appointees. Male appointees always catch challengers. This is the same move that Burke played last year in anticipation of this retention cycle. So fellas need not apply.