Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Politico's Illinois Playbook carries Supreme Court bid announcement from Justice Reyes

This morning's Illinois Playbook reports that Illinois Appellate Court Justice Jesse G. Reyes has declared for the Freeman vacancy on the Illinois Supreme Court.

Politico's Illinois Playbook is regularly linked in the blog Sidebar.

An excerpt from this morning's post:
In his election announcement sent to POLITICO, Reyes, the first Latino elected to the Appellate Court in Illinois, said, “As a descendant of immigrants and a product of a blue-collar family, I know of the struggles many people in the state of Illinois have to endure on a daily basis.”
The Illinois Playbook post includes the suggestion that six other jurists, including Justice P. Scott Neville, Jr., who was appointed to the Freeman vacancy last year, and Justice Sheldon A. Harris, whose election announcement ran yesterday here on FWIW, are exploring possible campaigns for this position.

Personal opinion, clearly labeled as such: I think there may be as many as 10 or 12 candidates who will seriously consider bids for the Freeman vacancy. I do not necessarily expect that all 10 or 12 will make it to the ballot in the March 2020 primary -- but Supreme Court vacancies are rare (justices are elected to 10-year terms and face only a retention election thereafter, not a contested election, in order to remain in office) and this scarcity almost necessitates a 'now-or-never' analysis.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Justice Sheldon A. Harris announces for Supreme Court vacancy

Illinois Appellate Court Justice Sheldon A. Harris has declared his candidacy for the 1st District Supreme Court vacancy to be filled in 2020.

Justice Harris released this statement in connection with that announcement:
My good friend and learned jurist Charles Freeman retired last February. His retirement has created a Supreme Court vacancy which will be filled in the 2020 elections.

Today I am announcing that I am a candidate in the March, 2020 Democratic primary election to fill his vacancy.

No candidate for the Freeman vacancy can better or match my experience and qualifications:
  • Justice of Appellate Court, First District since 2010 having authored over 400 Opinions and Orders.
  • Rated Qualified/Recommended by every bar association that rates judges.
  • Over 25 years of extensive Trial Lawyer Experience
  • 10 years Circuit Court Cook County Jury Trial Judge
  • Former Chicago Public Schools Teacher
A committee supporting me is in formation and HarrisForJustice.com is in place.

I look forward to the election campaign and will be grateful for your support.
The Illinois Supreme Court appointed Justice P. Scott Neville, Jr. to the Freeman vacancy last June, but he would have to win election to this seat in 2020 to continue in office.

South Asian Bar Association of Chicago plans Judicial Reception for April 11

The South Asian Bar Association of Chicago has announced that its Second Annual Judicial Reception will be held on Thursday, April 11, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Kimpton Hotel Allegro, 171 West Randolph Street.

SABA will be honoring Illinois Supreme Court Justice Mary Jane Theis at this event and welcoming newly appointed U.S. Magistrate Judge Sunil R. Harjani. SABA Chicago Preisdent Chirag H. Patel advises that over 100 judges have already indicated plans to attend.

Tickets for the reception are $100 each for non-members, $80 for SABA Chicago members, and $25 for law students. Members of the judiciary will be admitted without charge, but all must register. To purchase tickets or register for the event click here.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Attention Last Minute CLE Shoppers -- 7th Circuit Bar Association Symposium tomorrow

My fault entirely for the late posting -- but, if you can defer the start of your St. Patrick's Day celebrations until tomorrow night, you can pick up 6.75 Illinois CLE hours at a symposium put on by the 7th Circuit Bar Association, from 9:00 to 5:15, at the University Club of Chicago, 76 E. Monroe. Here is the agenda for the seminar, "Today's Challenges to a Functional Congress: Revitalizing Article I" (click to enlarge or clarify):


Here is the registration link.

The price (for those seeking CLE credit) is $50. A reception follows the program.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Who Sits Where -- Presidents' Day Weekend Edition

Updated 2/23/19

In my original post, I mistakenly identified a vacancy which did not in fact exist -- in my defense, I had it on good authority -- but it was nevertheless an error -- my error -- for which I apologize. Also, in this update, I must advise of a vacancy created by the sudden passing of Judge Allen F. Murphy.

I've never understood "Presidents' Day." Were the shades of Chester A. Arthur and Millard Fillmore really demanding equal time with Lincoln and Washington? And even if they were, was Congress obliged to give in to their demands?

Regardless, we are now 13 months away from the 2020 Primary, and though that may seem to most people to be a date far off in the future, those hoping to gain, or hold, a place on the Cook County bench in that election are already focusing in, formulating plans, and soliciting support.

What follows is not a comprehensive list of Cook County judicial vacancies but, rather, a list of vacancies that have either been filled by Supreme Court appointment, or for which an application process has been announced, or that I believe to exist even though no announcement has been made. Not all of the "vacancies" listed below are necessarily vacant -- and some of the persons identified as filling these vacancies have not yet actually taken office -- but an official announcement has been made. There are probably other vacancies, beyond those reported here, which the Supreme Court has neither filled nor announced. And, of course, new vacancies will occur in the ordinary course. I can and will update as necessity requires and opportunity permits.

But this is the best information I have now.

As always, all errors of omission or commission in this list are mine alone and I am grateful for additions and corrections provided.

Supreme Court Vacancy

Vacancy of the Hon. Charles E. Freeman -- P. Scott Neville, Jr.

Appellate Court Vacancies

Vacancy of the Hon. P. Scott Neville, Jr. -- Michael B. Hyman1
Vacancy of the Hon. John B. Simon -- John C. Griffin

Countywide Vacancies

Vacancy of the Hon. Carole K. Bellows -- Kerrie Maloney Laytin
Vacancy of the Hon. Matthew E. Coghlan -- James T. Derico, Jr.
Vacancy of the Hon. Raymond Funderburk -- Celestia L. Mays
Vacancy of the Hon. Diane J. Larsen -- Levander Smith, Jr.
Vacancy of the Hon. Jessica A. O'Brien -- Lloyd James Brooks
Vacancy of the Hon. Sebastian T. Patti -- Lynn Weaver-Boyle
Vacancy of the Hon. Kevin M. Sheehan -- Marina E. Ammendola

Subcircuit Vacancies

1st Subcircuit
Vacancy of the Hon. Rodney Hughes Brooks -- Fredrick H. Bates
Vacancy of the Hon. Vanessa A. Hopkins2 -- Unfilled

2nd Subcircuit
"A" Vacancy3 -- Sondra Nicole Denmark

3rd Subcircuit
Vacancy of the Hon. Denise K. Filan -- Daniel E. Maloney
Vacancy of the Hon. Allen F. Murphy -- Unfilled

6th Subcircuit
Vacancy of the Hon. Marya Nega -- Unfilled
Vacancy of the Hon. Kathleen M. Pantle -- Unfilled

7th Subcircuit
Vacancy of the Hon. Marianne Jackson -- Unfilled

8th Subcircuit
Vacancy of the Hon. John J. Fleming -- Unfilled4
Vacancy of the Hon. Deborah J. Gubin -- Michael A. Forti

9th Subcircuit
Vacancy of the Hon. Marvin F. Luckman -- Michael A. Strom

10th Subcircuit
Vacancy of the Hon. Thomas R. Allen -- Unfilled

13th Subcircuit
Vacancy of the Hon. Margarita Kulys Hoffman -- Unfilled

14th Subcircuit
Vacancy of the Hon. Robert Bertucci -- Gerardo Tristan, Jr.
Vacancy of the Hon. William G. Lacy -- Daniel O. Tiernan

15th Subcircuit
Vacancy of the Hon. John C. Griffin -- Nichole C. Patton

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1 Justice Hyman is a Cook County Circuit Court judge sitting by appointment to the Appellate Court. The language of the Supreme Court's order appointing Justice Hyman to this vacancy suggests that, unless he runs for, and wins a seat on the Appellate Court in 2020, he will return to his original position as a Circuit Court judge. For this reason I have not included a "Hyman vacancy" among the countywide openings.

2 The late Rhonda Crawford won the Democratic Party's nomination for this vacancy in the 2016 primary but never took office.

3 Vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Alexander White.

4 Jeanne Marie Wrenn was appointed to this vacancy, but, last November, Judge Wrenn was elected to fill the 8th Subcircuit vacancy of the Hon. Sheryl Pethers. Accordingly, I believe this vacancy to be open once again.

Saturday, February 09, 2019

Levander Smith, Jr. appointed to countwide vacancy

The Illinois Supreme Court announced yesterday that Levander Smith, Jr. has been appointed to the countywide vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Diane J. Larsen.

Smith's appointment is effective March 1; it will terminate December 7, 2020.

Licensed in Illinois since 1993, Smith is currently an attorney with the Illinois Department of Children & Family Services. A fairly recent transfer to the Chicago area, Smith previously applied for an associate judgeship in far Downstate St. Clair County in 2013 and 2015.

Smith was a finalist twice over in the last year's Cook County associate judge selection: After making the "short list," Smith wound up in a tie for the last of the 17 vacancies to be filled.

I hope the room is big enough

The Cook County Democratic Party will host a seminar entitled "Road to the Robe - Running for Judge" on Tuesday, March 5, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the John Marshall Law School, Room 1200, 315 S. Plymouth Court.

I quote the flyer here exactly: "Learn the ins and outs about running for judge from experts in the field."

No speakers have been announced; if I learn who will be speaking at this seminar in advance I will update this post.

Admission is free -- but prospective attendees must register in advance by either calling (312) 263-0575 or emailing cookcountydems@msn.com.

Thursday, February 07, 2019

Justice Burke announces application process for three subcircuit vacancies

Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne M. Burke has announced a process for filling three subcircuit vacancies by appointment.

The vacancies are in the 1st, 7th and 13th Judicial Subcircuits.

The links in the preceding sentence will take you to the press releases announcing each vacancy.

Persons interested in applying must be lawyers in good standing, licensed to practice in Illinois, and a resident of the subcircuit where the appointment is sought.

To request an application for any of these vacancies, visit the Illinois Courts Home Page and click on the link announcing the vacancy in which you are interested.

The deadline for completion and return of applications for each of these vacancies is Wednesday, March 6, at 4:00 p.m. Completed applications should be submitted by mail to Kevin M. Forde, Esq., the Chair of Justice Burke's special judicial screening committee, c/o Forde Law Offices, 111 West Washington Street, Suite 1100, Chicago, Illinois 60602.

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Daniel O. Tiernan appointed to 14th Subcircuit vacancy

In an order entered yesterday, the Illinois Supreme Court appointed Daniel O. Tiernan, an investigator with the Cook County Office of the Independent Inspector General, to the 14th Subcircuit vacancy created by the retirement of Judge William G. Lacy.

Tiernan's appointment is effective February 22; it ends on December 7, 2020.

A former Cook County Assistant State's Attorney, Tiernan has been licensed as an attorney in Illinois since 1995.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Court closings announced in anticipation of killer cold snap

Updated with additional information from Illinois Courts website


The Circuit Court of Cook County will be closed tomorrow, Wednesday, January 30, and Thursday, January 31, according to an announcement made today by Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans.

The United States District Court announced last night that it, too, will be closed tomorrow, Wednesday, January 30. The District Court's website advises, "Each judicial officer will reschedule their in-court matters as they determine best for their cases."

The Cook County Circuit Court's announcement is more nuanced.

There will be bail hearings and certain pretrial matters for in-custody defendants at the Leighton Criminal Court Building in Chicago and juvenile detention hearings at the Juvenile Center in Chicago -- but, other than these, all Cook County Circuit Courts will be closed as we all hunker down for the Polar Vortex.

Jurors who are currently assigned to a trial do not need to come to court on Wednesday and Thursday, but must return to court on the next date scheduled by the trial judge. Those who were called for jury duty on Wednesday or Thursday do not have to come to court on Wednesday or Thursday, and they will receive a new summons for duty on a future date.

Cook County lawyers looking for specific information about the continuance of matters previously set for tomorrow or Thursday can click here to access the complete text of General Administrative Order 2019-02.

The Illinois Courts website has announced that these courts will be closed tomorrow:
  • 1st District Appellate Court Courthouse
  • 2nd District Appellate Court Courthouse (Elgin)
  • Champaign County
  • Cook County
  • DeKalb County
  • DuPage County all divisions, including Field Courts
  • Henderson County
  • Iroquois County
  • Kane County
  • Kankakee County
  • Kendall County
  • Knox County
  • Lake County courts and all divisions
  • McHenry County
  • Ogle County
  • Peoria County
  • Warren County
Several of these courts will remain closed on Thursday as well. This is the list of Thursday closings, as of 1:25 p.m., from the Illinois Courts website:
  • 1st District Appellate Court Courthouse
  • 2nd District Appellate Court Courthouse – closed until Noon
  • Cook County
  • Kendall County – closed until Noon
  • Lake County courts and all divisions - exception of Bond Court
  • Lake County Bond Court, hearings will be conducted at 1:30 p.m.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Advocates Society Annual Installation Dinner set for February 20

The Advocates Society will host its annual Installation Dinner on Wednesday, February 20, at the Hotel Allegro, 171 West Randolph Street.

The Advocates will confer its 2019 Award of Merit on Judge Diann Marsalek at the dinner. Incoming Advocates President Lucas Figiel and the new slate of executive officers will also be recognized.

A cocktail reception begins at 5:00 p.m. The dinner and program follow at 6:00 p.m.

Advance tickets are $150 per person; tables of 10 are available for $1,350 if purchased by February 12. Tickets may be purchased on the evening of the event, if available, for $175 per person.

Checks for tickets should be made payable to the Advocates Society and may be sent to the Advocates Society c/o Lucas Figiel, 7111 West Higgins Avenue, Chicago 60656. For more information, email lucas@figlaw.com.

Judges and "juror-evaluators" wanted for March trial competition


The National Criminal Justice Trial Competition, held in Chicago, is co-sponsored by the Criminal Justice Section of the American Bar Association and The John Marshall Law School.

Twenty teams from the best law school trial advocacy programs in the country will participate in this year's contest, which runs from Thursday, March 14 to Saturday, March 16, and JMLS is looking to recruit judges and "juror evaluators" from the local legal community to judge the competition.

Jurists and practicing attorneys are asked to volunteer for approximately three hours to observe and evaluate student performances in a simulated trial. This year, teams will prosecute and defend the case of People v. Shane Waters, a delivery of a controlled substance causing death case. Judging or evaluating this competition has been approved for CLE.

Kelly Navarro, the Associate Director of the JMLS Center for Advocacy & Dispute Resolution, says first-time volunteers will find this a "gratifying experience." Persons who have previously served as a judge or evaluator before can attest to "the rewards of watching these well-prepared student-advocates," she added.

Judge and juror/evaluators are needed for sessions on Thursday night, Friday morning, Friday afternoon, and Saturday morning. Interested persons can sign up for more than one time.

For more information, or to volunteer, email Navarro at knavarro@jmls.edu.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Michael A. Strom installed as Circuit Court Judge


As my kids used to say, it's Facebook official.

Michael A. Strom was sworn in yesterday to the Luckman vacancy in the 9th Subcircuit, as this picture, lifted from Facebook, attests.

Somewhere Avy Meyers is smiling.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Two judges reinstated

The Tribune scooped me on this one -- 2 Cook County judges — one cleared of gun charge, one reassigned for anger management — to return to bench at criminal court -- and congratulations to Mother Tribune for that, I say.

The order apparently returns Judges Joseph Claps and William Hooks to their regular duties, although Megan Crepeau's linked article advises that there are some conditions imposed on the jurists' return.

What this reinstatement means, if it is not entirely clear from the article, is that the Judicial Inquiry Board has decided not to bring charges against either judge before the Illinois Courts Commission.

The Tribune article refers to the confidentiality of the judicial disciplinary process but members of the public may not fully understand why the process is confidential.

And in our sad corner of the world, confidentiality is often seen as an easy excuse for protecting the corrupt.

But not, I submit, in the case of judicial discipline.

Here, confidentiality is not merely a matter of choice or convenience. Confidentiality in the matter of judicial discipline is actually required by the Illinois constitution.

Pursuant to Article VI, Section 15(c) of the 1970 Illinois Constitution, as amended, the Judicial Inquiry Board is authorized to receive, initiate, and investigate complaints concerning active Illinois state court judges. When warranted, it is the responsibility of the Judicial Inquiry Board to file a public complaint against a judge with another constitutional creation, the Illinois Courts Commission. In that instance the JIB serves as prosecutor and the Courts Commission decides what sanction, if any, will be entered against the judge.

The process followed by the JIB in responding to complaints is detailed at this page of the JIB website.

Essentially, though, when presented with a complaint, the JIB may close the complaint because it does not sufficiently allege misconduct or incapacity under the law, investigate the complaint to determine whether the allegations may be well-founded, or require the judge to appear before the board to answer questions regarding the alleged incapacity or misconduct.

Only if the JIB takes the next step, that of filing a complaint with the Courts Commission, will the JIB's evaluation of the charges become public.

And -- if you think about it -- this makes sense. In any case that is resolved by a judge, there is a winner and loser. Although they may not always do so with stoic resolve, most disappointed litigants eventually accept their result. But some -- some disappointed litigants are convinced that the judge must have been bought off -- or stupid -- or acting under orders -- and they are not shy about proclaiming their beliefs to all and sundry. I've seen a lot of accusations in my inbox about just about every Cook County judge that's ever made a decision. And I'm just an obscure blogger.

But let's make an extreme, ridiculous assumption. Suppose that half of these complaints are well-founded. (Our legal system would collapse in chaos were this even remotely plausible -- but let's put on our tin-foil beanies and play the game.)

Even under this crazy assumption, fully half of those accused would be wholly innocent of wrongdoing. Needlessly besmirched.

That would not be fair to the individuals falsely accused. And it would likewise not be fair to our judicial system as a whole. As Justice Michael Hyman said, in his concurring opinion in Talamine v. Apartment Finders, Inc., 2013 IL App (1st) 121201, ¶17-18, "Every ad hominem smear, insult, and innuendo, every speculative accusation, every potshot leveled at members of the judiciary has the capacity of weakening confidence in the judiciary as a whole, confidence which is essential to the vitality of our legal system. * * * [E]very personal attack on the impartiality and integrity of judges diminishes the client's (and the public's) already limited trust in the fairness of the legal system."

Now, I know that there will be some -- perhaps even some lawyers -- who will say that confidentiality in regards to charges of judicial misconduct is just another code of silence. But confidentiality may, and in this instance does, serve a useful, legitimate purpose.

In the cases of Judges Claps and Hooks the public found out a lot more about the judicial discipline process than the framers of the Illinois Constitution may have intended.

In fact, the only reason we knew that a complaint had been made to the JIB in the case of Judge Hooks is that the Circuit Court of Cook County announced that it had done so. I didn't report the reassignment of Judge Claps at the time, but there was an announcement about that as well -- though the Claps announcement did not expressly state that the court had made a referral to JIB. Apparently, however, someone did (hardly a surprise given the publicity surrounding the charges).

We only know that the JIB has closed their investigations on Claps and Hooks because (1) these two judges reported the news to the Circuit Court, (2) the Circuit Court took action restoring these judges to more regular duties, and (3) someone told the Tribune about it.

Looking at the linked article, it is clear that the Tribune got hold of the actual order issued by the Executive Committee of the Circuit Court of Cook County. Pat Milheizer, Director of Communications for Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans, and a former Law Bulletin editor, often circulates these orders and issues press releases when the Executive Committee takes action on matters that may be newsworthy. I am frequently included on these releases -- from which I often shamelessly crib, albeit with (I hope) proper attribution. The absence of an email on this occasion -- though of course the court is under no obligation to send me beans -- at least suggests that the disclosure in this case was not from the court itself. As of the time this post was published, there was no press release on the Circuit Court's website concerning this matter.

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Who Sits Where -- National Bubble Bath Day edition

Updated February 9, 2019
Updated February 7, 2019

Granted, I can't think of any possible links between bubble baths and judicial elections -- but today, January 8, is National Bubble Bath Day. You could look it up.

I was originally going to tie this post to another event -- a sporting event -- one played with a prolate spheroid -- but the way things worked out -- well, I'm just not ready to go there yet. Even typing "post" just now was painful. It reminds me of a certain compound word of which post is the second part.

So, to distract us from our shared pain, I offer this list.

This not a comprehensive list of Cook County judicial vacancies but, rather, a list of vacancies that have either been filled by Supreme Court appointment, or for which an application process has been announced, or that I am pretty sure exist even though no announcement has been made. Some of the "vacancies" listed below may not yet be vacant -- and several of the persons identified as filling these vacancies have not yet actually taken office -- but an official announcement has been made. There are likely to be other vacancies, beyond those reported here, which the Supreme Court has neither filled nor announced. And, of course, new vacancies will occur in the ordinary course. I can and will update as necessity requires and opportunity permits.

But this is the best information I have now.

As always, all errors of omission or commission in this list are mine alone and I am grateful for additions and corrections provided.

Supreme Court Vacancy

Vacancy of the Hon. Charles E. Freeman -- P. Scott Neville, Jr.

Appellate Court Vacancies

Vacancy of the Hon. P. Scott Neville, Jr. -- Michael B. Hyman1
Vacancy of the Hon. John B. Simon -- John C. Griffin

Countywide Vacancies

Vacancy of the Hon. Carole K. Bellows -- Kerrie Maloney Laytin
Vacancy of the Hon. Matthew E. Coghlan -- James T. Derico, Jr.
Vacancy of the Hon. Raymond Funderburk -- Celestia L. Mays
Vacancy of the Hon. Diane J. Larsen -- Levander Smith, Jr.
Vacancy of the Hon. Jessica A. O'Brien -- Lloyd James Brooks
Vacancy of the Hon. Sebastian T. Patti -- Lynn Weaver-Boyle
Vacancy of the Hon. Kevin M. Sheehan -- Marina E. Ammendola

Subcircuit Vacancies

1st Subcircuit
Vacancy of the Hon. Rodney Hughes Brooks -- Fredrick H. Bates
Vacancy of the Hon. Vanessa A. Hopkins2 -- Unfilled

2nd Subcircuit
"A" Vacancy3 -- Sondra Nicole Denmark

3rd Subcircuit
Vacancy of the Hon. Denise K. Filan -- Daniel E. Maloney

6th Subcircuit
Vacancy of the Hon. Marya Nega -- Unfilled
Vacancy of the Hon. Kathleen M. Pantle -- Unfilled

7th Subcircuit
Vacancy of the Hon. Marianne Jackson -- Unfilled

8th Subcircuit
Vacancy of the Hon. John J. Fleming -- Unfilled4
Vacancy of the Hon. Deborah J. Gubin -- Michael A. Forti

9th Subcircuit
Vacancy of the Hon. Marvin F. Luckman -- Michael A. Strom

13th Subcircuit
Vacancy of the Hon. Margarita Kulys Hoffman -- Unfilled

14th Subcircuit
Vacancy of the Hon. Robert Bertucci -- Gerardo Tristan, Jr.
Vacancy of the Hon. William G. Lacy -- Daniel O. Tiernan

15th Subcircuit
Vacancy of the Hon. John C. Griffin -- Nichole C. Patton

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1 Justice Hyman is a Cook County Circuit Court judge sitting by appointment to the Appellate Court. The language of the Supreme Court's order appointing Justice Hyman to this vacancy suggests that, unless he runs for, and wins a seat on the Appellate Court in 2020, he will return to his original position as a Circuit Court judge. For this reason I have not included a "Hyman vacancy" among the countywide openings.

2 The late Rhonda Crawford won the Democratic Party's nomination for this vacancy in the 2016 primary but never took office.

3 Vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Alexander White.

4 Jeanne Marie Wrenn was appointed to this vacancy, but, last November, Judge Wrenn was elected to fill the 8th Subcircuit vacancy of the Hon. Sheryl Pethers. Accordingly, I believe this vacancy to be open once again.

Thursday, January 03, 2019

Daniel E. Maloney appointed to 3rd Subcircuit vacancy

The Illinois Supreme Court entered an order yesterday appointing Daniel E. Maloney to a 3rd Subcircuit vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Denise K. Filan.

The appointment is effective February 8, 2019 and terminates December 7.

After 16 years as an Assistant Cook County State's Attorney, Maloney became Division Counsel for the United States Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration in 2017.

A graduate of the Valparaiso University School of Law, Maloney holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame. He has been licensed to practice law in Illinois since 2001.