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Hon. Mary L. Mikva

Circuit Court of Cook County
Circuit Judge
Chicago, IL, USA


Mary L. Mikva was elected in November of 2004 to be a Judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County. She is currently assigned to the Chancery Division.  Prior to that, she was assigned to Juvenile Court, in the Child Protection Division. Judge Mikva has been active in judicial education, serving as faculty for the Advanced Judicial Academy, the Judicial Education Conference and for Law and Literature seminars. She was also a frequent presenter for judges and lawyers in Juvenile Court. She was the judicial representative on the DCFS Pregnancy Prevention Committee and a frequent speaker and advocate on delaying parenting for youth in foster care.

 Until she was elected, Judge Mikva was a partner in the firm of Abrahamson Vorachek & Mikva, where she represented plaintiffs in employment related claims. She was also a partner in the firm of Seliger and Mikva, where she represented plaintiffs in employment claims, including several large class actions. Before becoming a plaintiffs' attorney, Judge Mikva was in the Law Department of the City of Chicago, defending employment claims and also worked in the Appeals Division. Early in her career, Judge. Mikva was a criminal defense attorney in the firm of Patrick A. Tuite & Associates.

Judge Mikva graduated in 1980 from Northwestern Law School, cum laude and Order of the Coif. After law school, she was a law clerk to Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. of the United States Supreme Court and to Judge Prentice Marshall of the Northern District of Illinois.
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