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Hon. M. Carol Pope
, of Petersburg, an Illinois Appellate Court Judge in the Fourth Appellate District, which includes thirty counties in central Illinois, will be installed as the 40th president of the Illinois Judges Association (IJA) at the organization’s Annual Meeting, on Friday, June 3, noon, at The John Marshall Law School, 315 S. Plymouth Court, Chicago.
Illinois Supreme Court Justice Rita Garman
will officiate at the swearing-in ceremony of Judge Pope and the other officers who are Rita M. Novak
, of Chicago, first vice president; Mary S. Schostok
, of Libertyville, second vice president; Michael B. Hyman
, of Northfield, third vice president; Robert J. Anderson
, of Wheaton, secretary; and Israel Abaya Desierto
, of Chicago, treasurer.
During her presidency, Judge Pope plans to expand the IJA’s “Courtroom in the Classroom” education program to encourage high school students to learn more about the rights and duties of citizenship, government, and the Illinois and United States Constitutions.
“Many citizens lack an understanding of the courts’ role in society and in protecting Constitutional rights and access to justice. We hope we can contribute to the educational process,” she said.