14 Lawyers Want to Be Appointed Judges

A press release from the McHenry County Circuit Court:


Michael J. Sullivan, Chief Judge, announced today that 14 attorneys have filed applications to become the next Associate Judge of the 22nd Judicial Circuit. The Associate Judge vacancy is the result of the retirement of Associate Judge Robert K. Beaderstadt, effective June 30, 2015.

The seal of the 22nd Circuit Court.

The seal of the 22nd Circuit Court.

Among the attorneys seeking the appointment are sole practitioners:

  • Neil 0. Anderson of Spring Grove;
  • Robert W. Fetzner of Crystal Lake;
  • Michael J. McNerney of McHenry.

Other applicants include:

  • William J. Bligh of Crystal Lake, an associate with the Law Offices of David R. Gervais;
  • Michael E. Coppedge of Crystal Lake, a partner with the firm of Cowlin, Naughton, Curran & Coppedge;
  • Michael G. Cortina of Crystal Lake, a partner with the firm of SmithAmundsen, LLC;
  • Mark R. Facchini of Crystal Lake, an associate with the firm of Donahue & Walsh, P.C.;
  • Scott I. Jacobson of Woodstock, a Law Clerk with the Illinois Appellate Court;
  • Cynthia D. Lamb of Woodstock, a partner with the firm of Campion Curran
    Lamb & Cunabaugh, PC;
  • James K. McBride of Johnsburg, a partner with the firm of Short & McBride; and
  • Jeannie M. Ridings of Crystal Lake, a partner with the firm of KRV Legal, Inc.

Two McHenry County Assistant State’s Attorneys have also applied, namely:

  • Demetrios P. Tsilimigras of Cary, Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division; and
  • Norman D. Vinton of Crystal Lake, Chief of the Civil Division;

along with one Winnebago County Assistant State’s Attorney,

  • Tiffany E. Davis of Woodstock.

The applicants will be interviewed by the Circuit Judges and they will be jointly evaluated by the Illinois State Bar Association and the McHenry County Bar Association.

After the review process has been completed, the Chief Judge will request that the Director of the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts initiate the balloting process.

Within 14 days of the Chief Judge’s request, the Director shall place the names of each candidate on a ballot in alphabetical order. The ballots will be mailed to each Circuit Judge.

Each Circuit Judge will complete the ballot by voting for one candidate for each vacancy. The ballots must be returned to the Director within 14 days of the date on which the ballots were distributed.

The Director will count the ballots and tabulate the results and certify the results to the Chief Judge.

Public comment by letter is invited on or before AUGUST 11, 2015.

Address correspondence to Chief Judge Michael J. Sullivan, McHenry County Government Center, 2200 North Seminary Avenue, Room 355, Woodstock, IL 60098.


14 Lawyers Want to Be Appointed Judges — 10 Comments

  1. Demetrios P. Tsilimigras of Cary, Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division;

    I have been watching you.

    My best guess for you would be to stay right where you are, learn as much as possible over the next five years.

    Then, I’m willing to bet Lou would endorse you for States Attorney beginning in December,of 2020.

    Run your office with integrity and “True Grit” for two terms, THEN, run for your judgeship.

    You are a fine young man who I believe would bring honor, integrity and experience to the bench.

    I’m a fan as I am sure many others are as well.

    Just my two cents worth.

    Thank you.

  2. what do you know about anything to do with the inside of a court room or for any judges for that matter go back to your house keeping job

  3. Who it SHOULD be and and who it WILL be likely will be two different names.

  4. WORD OF ADVISE WATCH WHO YOU ASSOCIATE WITH it may bite you in the end!…your all being watched carefully.

  5. A good way to handicap the field is to see who has applied previously and how many times.

    My understanding is that Coppedge and Fetzner put their names in every time and get rejected every time.

    No reason to expect that this time would be different for either.

    Anyone else a perennial applicant?