Judicial Evaluations - Cook County

The goal of the Standing Committee on Judicial Evaluations – Cook County is to evaluate the qualifications of candidates for judicial office, and to report the committee’s conclusions to the electorate, whether it be voters in the primary and general elections, circuit judges who elect associate judges, or the justices of the Supreme Court of Illinois who make appointments to fill vacancies on the bench.

No committee member who serves on a campaign committee, or is actively involved in fund raising for any candidate under review, may participate in the investigation or evaluation of any candidate for the same judicial office.

This committee consists of two co-chairs, a secretary, an appeal subcommittee and sufficient members to implement its responsibilities in Cook County. Fifteen members shall constitute a quorum.

This committee is authorized to speak for the Association; its findings are not subject to review or approval by the Board of Governors.

Committee Roster

  • Jessica R. Durkin, Cue Health Inc, Chicago, Co-Chair
  • Amanda D. Howland, Amanda Howland MA MS JD, Lake Zurich, Co-Chair
  • Kevin T. Veugeler, HealyScanlon Law Firm, Chicago, Secretary/Ex-Officio
  • John R. Bailen, Bruce Farrel Dorn & Assoc, Highland Park, Member
  • Kelly Thames Bennett, Greenberg & Sinkovits, Chicago, Member
  • John E. Brennock, Diaz Anselmo & Assoc., LLC, Naperville, Member
  • Claudia E. Castro, Acero Schools, Chicago, Member
  • John M. Coleman, Jr., Hennessy & Roach PC, Chicago, Member
  • Khara A. Coleman, Office of the Cook County Sheriff, Oak Park, Member
  • Sivonnia L. DeBarros, SL DeBarros Law Firm LLC, Woodstock, Member
  • Ann Marie Erickson, Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Posen, Member
  • Robert Don Fink, Collison Law Offices, Naperville, Member
  • Ryan Thomas Gallagher, Cook County State's Attorney's Office, Chicago, Member
  • Michael R. Hartigan, Hartigan & O'Connor, Chicago, Member
  • Susan K. Horn, Chicago, Member
  • David P. Huber, HealyScanlon Law Firm, Chicago, Member
  • Matthew R. Huff, Esq, M.R. Huff, Attorney at Law, Chicago, Member
  • James Paul Kendzior, Hennessy and Roach PC, Chicago, Member
  • Kevin C. Lichtenberg, HeflerLichtenberg, Chicago, Member
  • Robert A. Loeb, Law Offices of Robert A Loeb, Chicago, Member
  • Karen Kavanagh Mack, Burke Warren MacKay & Serritella PC, Chicago, Member
  • Danielle N. Malaty, Goldberg Segalla, Chicago, Member
  • Susan A. Marks, S A M LAW OFFICE LLC, Rolling Meadows, Member
  • Jorge L. Montes, Montes & Associates, Chicago, Member
  • Nicholas T. Motherway, Clifford Law Offices, Chicago, Member
  • Michael Kirby Muldoon, Muldoon & Muldoon LLC, Chicago, Member
  • Robert T. Oleszkiewicz, Chicago, Member
  • Douglas B. Olivero, Douglas B Olivero & Associates, Peru, Member
  • Prof. J. Damian Ortiz, UIC John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Member
  • William J. Quinlan, The Quinlan Law Firm LLC, Chicago, Member
  • Regina L. Rathnau, The Law Office of Regina L Rathnau LLC, Chicago, Member
  • Julia J. Smolka, Robbins DiMonte Ltd, Park Ridge, Member
  • Janette A. Strzalka, Chicago, Member
  • Hon. Edna Turkington-Viktora, Crete, Member
  • Michael S. Vojta, Western Springs, Member
  • Julianna Bogumila Walo, Kelley Kronenberg, Chicago, Member
  • John C. Wroblewski, Jakubs Wigoda LLP, Chicago, Member
  • John A. Zrnich, The Zrnich Law Group PC, Wilmette, Member
  • Sarah E. Toney, The Toney Law Firm LLC, Chicago, Board Liaison
  • Joyce Williams, Illinois State Bar Association, Chicago, Staff Liaison