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by Scott Ealy (Effingham, Illinois, USA)

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Years Of Legal Experience Over-Rated

  

  

  

As an attorney, I have found that neither age nor experience is a primary factor in judicial performance.

  

Honestly.

  

Time and again, what matters most is a willingness to listen (to the unique facts of each case) and a judge’s desire to follow the law.  Courtesy to litigants should follow, naturally.

  

I was pleased Tuesday when the Illinois House of Representatives (for various reasons) rejected a measure that would have required at least ten years of attorney licensure prior to judicial service.  [A great attorney can become a so-so judge, and a so-so attorney can become an outstanding judge.  The roles differ . . . substantially].

   

  

For what it’s worth, here’s a listing of the acting judges in our circuit – including identification of the year in which he or she first became admitted to the practice of law:

  

  

Fourth Judicial Circuit

The counties of:  Christian, Clay, Clinton, Effingham, Fayette, Jasper, Marion, Montgomery and Shelby


Elected Judges

 
Daniel E. Hartigan  – 1977
Douglas L. Jarman – 1985
Michael P. Kiley – 1977
Kimberly G. Koester – 1988
Kelly D. Long – 1969
Kathleen P. Moran – 1976
David L. Sauer – 1977
S. Gene Schwarm – 1981
Ronald D. Spears – 1977
W. Robin Todd – 1973
Sherri L. E. Tungate – 1979
Newton
Hillsboro
Shelbyville
Effingham
Hillsboro
Carlyle
Centralia
Vandalia
Taylorville
Flora
Flora
 

    

Appointed Judges  

William J. Becker – 1975
James J. Eder – 1979
James R. Harvey – 1975
Michael D. McHaney – 1982
Dennis E. Middendorff – 1980
Bradley T. Paisley – 1994
James L. Roberts – 1986
Ericka A. Sanders – 1998
Breese
Effingham
Effingham
Salem
Salem
Taylorville
Hillsboro
Hillsboro

   

  

(Information provided solely by the Illinois Courts and Attorney Registration websites, as of today’s date).   

  

  

     

In the Fourth Judicial Circuit we enjoy one of the most able judiciaries in the state, in my opinion. 

  

    

Scott Ealy

  

Written by scottealy

March 23, 2010 at 7:35 pm