Kilbride, '81, elected Chief Justice of Illinois Supreme Court
Thursday, September 23, 2010
This month, alumnus Thomas L. Kilbride, '81, who has served on the Illinois Supreme Court since 2000, was unanimously elected by his colleagues to serve as Chief Justice. According to an article published in The Times Record of Aledo, Illinois, on September 16:
Justice Kilbride is known as a common man in an uncommon position who took an unusual path to reach the top of his profession. As the only member of the seven justices who had not served as a judge before, he brings a rare perspective to the Court.
He had been a practitioner for nearly 20 years, first as a legal services attorney for the poor, then for a mid-sized law firm and as a solo practitioner in a storefront office. Throughout all of those years, he was continuously involved in volunteer service in the Rock Island area.
"Justice Kilbride is a good and decent man, and will make a wonderful Chief Justice,” said retiring Chief Justice Fitzgerald. "He’s hard-working, thoughtful and highly capable.”
Justice Kilbride received his law degree from UDC-DCSL's predecessor, Antioch School of Law, in 1981. So it should come as no surprise to read that he is known for being "... the moving voice behind the formation of a special committee to study and make recommendations on how to encourage every practicing attorney in the state to give some form of free legal work to those who cannot afford it." In addition, Justice Kilbride has joined former U.S. Supreme Court Justice O'Connor's crusade to improve civics education in schools, been an advocate for greater transparency in the judicial process and public participation in judicial appointments, and has received numerous awards and appointments.
Read the full article in The Times Record.