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Hon. John W. Darrah

Hon. John W. Darrah

United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois
District Judge
Chicago, IL, USA

JUDGE JOHN W. DARRAH is a United States District Court Judge for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division.  He was appointed in 2000 by Former President Clinton.  He was elected a Circuit Court Judge for the 18th Judicial Circuit, DuPage, County, Illinois, and served from 1986 to 2000, in the Chancery Division, and was Presiding Judge of the Chancery Division from June of 1992 to May of 1994.  Prior to his election, he practiced law with Jim Ryan (former Illinois Attorney General and former DuPage County State’s Attorney) as the Law Firm of Ryan & Darrah, concentrating in criminal defense work.  He was the Special General Counsel of the DuPage County Board of Election Commission from 1976 to 1978 and, in 1985-86, was appointed by the Governor of Illinois as DuPage County Public Administrator and also as DuPage County Public Guardian.  He was a DuPage County Deputy Public Defender and a DuPage County Assistant State’s Attorney and supervisor of the criminal division.  He was a Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Illinois and an attorney for the Federal Trade Commission.  Judge Darrah received his JD from Loyola University School of Law and was a recipient of the Loyola Law School Alumni Scholarship Award. He was admitted to the practice of law, State and Federal Bar, in 1969 and was admitted to the Federal Trial Bar, Northern District of Illinois, in 1983.  Judge Darrah has been an adjunct professor of law at Northern Illinois University College of Law from 1976 to 2006, teaching the following subjects:  Criminal Law, Property, Trial Advocacy, Agency/Partnership, Future Interests, Illinois Civil Procedure, Administrative Law, Real Estate Transactions, Evidence, Constitutional Law, Consumer Protection, Advanced Criminal Procedure, Unfair Trade Practice, as well as coaching the NIU National Moot Court Competition, and has also received the NIU Professor of the Year Award in 1992 and 1995.  He is currently teaching Accelerated Trial Advocacy and Evidence at the John Marshall Law School.  He is a member of the faculty of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy.  He is the founder and former Co-Chairman of the DuPage County Bar Association Trial Advocacy Workshop and a recipient of the DuPage County Bar Association Board of Directors Award.  He is a member of the American Judicature Society, Federal Judges Association, Federal Circuit Bar Association, Past Member of the Assembly of the Illinois State Bar Association, Past President of the DuPage County Bar Association, Past President of the DuPage American Inns of Court, and Past President of the DuPage County Legal Aid Society.  Judge Darrah has been and continues to be a regular speaker and panelist at numerous federal and state law seminars and conferences, including the Illinois Judicial Conference and the American Bar Association National Institute on Class Actions.  He has judged several law school and bar association mock trial and moot court competitions, including the final round of the American Bar Association National Appellate Advocacy Competition.

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