3540 W. 95th Street
Evergreen Park, IL 60805

(312) 208-8446

Biographical Info

Educational Background
Loyola University of Chicago, School of Law, Juris Doctor 1994 Loyola University ofChicago, Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum Laude and Curriculum Honors, 1993

Professional History
Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County (2010 to Present). Appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court Effective December 3, 2010. Currently assigned to Chancery Division (Mechanic’s Lien/Mortgage Foreclosure). Current responsibilities include management and oversight of 7,900 mortgage foreclosure matters involving both commercial and residential properties. Previously assigned to First Municipal Division. Schuyler, Roche & Crisham, P.C. (2009 – 2010). Concentration: Appellate Practice, Commercial Litigation, Professional Liability and Insurance Litigation. Served as lead counsel in state and federal appellate court proceedings and in Illinois Supreme Court matters involving a wide range of civil litigation issues. Also handled a wide range of business and tort litigation in the trial court. Crisham &Kubes, Ltd. (Partner 2004 – 2009, Senior Associate 2001 – 2003). Concentration: Appellate Practice, Commercial Litigation, Professional Liability and Insurance Litigation. Served as lead counsel in complex business disputes involving contracts and fraud claims, resulting in jury verdicts in favor of clients. Served as lead counsel in numerous appellate matters, including briefing and oral argument before the Illinois Supreme Court, Illinois Appellate Court and United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Quinlan & Crisham, Ltd. (Associate 1997 – 2001). Concentration: Commercial Litigation and Appellate Practice. Illinois Supreme Court, Chambers of Justice Mary Ann McMorrow Judicial Law Clerk, Chicago, Illinois (1996 – 1997). Illinois Appellate Court, Chambers of Justice Mary Jane Theis Judicial Law Clerk, Chicago, Illinois (1994 – 1996). National Center for Immigrant Justice (1995). Pro Bono attorney for client seeking political asylum in the United States. Successfully conducted a trial before the Executive Office for Immigration Review.

Bar Affiliations
I have been active in the legal community by participating in bar associations, bar foundations, publishing articles and speaking at legal seminars. The key examples are as follows: Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Character & Fitness, (Chairperson 2009 – 2010, Vice Chair 2008 and Commissioner 2004). Responsibilities as Chair included the management of roughly 35 commissioners and assignment of cases for Inquiry Panel hearings; Circuit Court of Cook County, Chancery Mediation Rules Committee (2005); 40 Illinois Attorney’s Under 40 to Watch (2007); Leading Lawyers Network (Appellate Practice) (2010); Illinois Super Lawyer 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010; American Bar Association – Appellate Practice Institute in New Orleans, LA (June 2000); Appellate Lawyers ; Association President 2010 – 2011 (served as an officer for three years prior, served on the board of directors and active committee work including 10 years as chair of the publication “Cases Pending”; Chicago Bar Association; Illinois Society of Trial Lawyers; Illinois State Bar Association; National Association of Women Judges, Midwestern Leadership Conference; Women’s Bar Foundation – Board of Directors 2001 – 2010; Women’s Bar Association of Illinois. Publications and Seminar Presentations: Published extensively in the ISBA Illinois Lawyer Now Weekly, Quick Takes on Illinois Supreme Court Opinions; Power at the Podium, TRIAL: Journal of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, at 49 (July 2002); Making the Most of Your Oral Argument, 90 No. 4 Ill. B.J. 207 (April 2002); Foreign Legal Consultant Rules: Effective or Expendable? 63 The Bar Examiner No. 1 (Feb. 1994); Health Care Contracts May Not Unfairly Limit Uninsured Motorist Compensation, 5 Loy. Consumer L. Rep. 130-131 (1993); and Attorneys Must Disclose Potential Conflicts of Interest in Multi-Party Representation, 5 Loy. Consumer L. Rep. 58-60 (1993). National Association of Women Lawyers – Appellate Advocacy in Illinois Best Practices for Written and Oral Argument – Speaker (July 19, 2007) Illinois State Bar Association – Tort Law Update – Speaker (June 29, 2007) Appellate Lawyers Association – Appellate Law Nuts & Bolts – Speaker (May 9, 2007) Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel – IDC Spring Defense Tactics – Insurance Law Update – Speaker (March 9, 2007) Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel – Basic Skills Seminar: Preservation of the Appellate Record and Appellate Practice – Speaker (December 2, 2006 and October 27, 2007). Additionally, during my year as President of the Appellate Lawyers Association, I was the Master of Ceremonies for numerous substantive, legal seminars. Also, during my tenure as an officer or member of the Board of Directors, I designed and coordinated numerous legal seminars.

Civic Affiliations
I have been active in my community through participating in my children’s school and sporting activities. I have provided financial support to numerous charities. I assisted in fundraising for ALS Tag Days in my community for several years.

Candidate Statement

What do you perceive as the greatest obstacles to justice, if any?
I perceive a lack of understanding and access to the judicial system to be the greatest obstacle to justice. I am currently assigned to the Chancery Division, Mechanics Lien/Foreclosure section where my responsibilities include oversight of 7,900 mortgage foreclosure matters involving both residential and commercial properties. Many matters result in protracted litigation because a mortgagor may not have fully understood the process. It is also possible that mortgagors may not have adequate access to appropriate legal services or advice from counsel. This lack of access and understanding is a great obstacle to equal justice.

Do judges have an obligation to improve public understanding of the role of courts?
Judges have an obligation to improve the public understanding of the role of courts both inside and outside of the courtroom. Inside the courtroom, a judge cannot dispense legal advice. However, judges can and should explain the process to pro se litigants, including the consequences of acting in a particular manner or failing to act (by failing to attend court, follow the proceedings etc.). Outside of the courtroom, judges can improve the public understanding of the role of courts by accepting invitations from bar, civic or educational organizations to speak about the role of courts in our society or a specific segment of the court system.

Evaluations and Endorsements

Bar Evaluations
All 2011- Circuit Court Asian American Bar Association Recommended Black Women Lawyers Bar Recommended Chicago Bar Association Highly Qualified Chicago Council of Lawyers Well Qualified Cook County Bar Association Recommended Decalogue Society Highly Recommended Hellenic Bar Recommended Hispanic Bar Qualified Illinois State Bar Association Qualified Lesbian & Gay Bar Association Recommended Puerto Rican Bar Association Qualified Women’s Bar Association of Illinois Recommended

Other Endorsements
Cook County Democratic Party and numerous political leaders and organizations, as well as community organizations and leaders. Due to the fact I am unopposed, I have not sought or been considered for other organizational endorsements.

Return to Candidate Search