Mark Gerhardt Appointed Circuit Court Judge to Replace Judge Sharon Prather

From the McHenry County Circuit Court:

Associate Judge Mark R. Gerhardt Appointed to fill vacant 22nd Circuit Judgeship

Mark Gerhardt

(Woodstock, IL) Chief Judge James S. Cowlin is pleased to announce that effective July 15, 2019, Associate Judge Mark R. Gerhardt has been appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Circuit Judge Sharon L. Prather.

The appointment terminates on December 7, 2020, pending the results of the general election in 2020.

Judge Gerhardt began his tenure with the Court when he was appointed by the Circuit Judges of the Twenty-Second Judicial Circuit to a vacant Associate Judgeship position on March 28, 2011.

Since his appointment, Judge Gerhardt has served in the Family and Criminal Divisions of the Court.

Judge Gerhardt received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois in Urbana in 1990 and his Juris Doctor from John Marshall Law School in 1995.

Since graduating from law school, Judge Gerhardt served for nine years as an Assistant State’s Attorney in both Cook County and McHenry County.

In addition, Judge Gerhardt also practiced as an associate attorney for the law firms of Gummerson and Rausch and Wiejaczka Law

Sharon Prather

Judge Gerhardt previously taught Criminology at Trinity International University until 2013.

Judge Gerhardt is a current member and past president of the McHenry County Bar Association and has also served on the Board of Governors for that organization.

Additionally, Judge Gerhardt is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and the Illinois Judge’s Association.

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Judge Prather was appointed as an Associate Judge on January 28, 1992, and became a circuit judge on December 2, 1996.


Mark Gerhardt Appointed Circuit Court Judge to Replace Judge Sharon Prather — 5 Comments

  1. I thought Prather was tough on thugs.

    She was on some, but not the connected.

  2. Another John Marshall gluon.

    No need to know the rules of evidence for the McHenry Co. bench.

    Another Cowlin brown-nose.

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