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Hon. Michael B. Hyman

Illinois Appellate Court - First District
Justice
Chicago, IL, USA


The Illinois Supreme Court assigned Justice Hyman to the Appellate Court, First District, in January 2013. He joined the bench in 2006, the final appointee of Justice Mary Ann G. McMorrow, the first woman supreme court justice in Illinois, who retired that year.  In 2008,  Justice Hyman won election to the Circuit Court.  Justice Hyman has a habit of getting involved in causes he cares about.  A few of his current activities include president-elect of the Illinois Judges Association, former chairperson of the Illinois Judicial Conference Strategic Planning Committee, board member of the Lawyers Trust Fund of Illinois, and chair of the ABA Coalition on Racial and Ethnic Justice.  A former president of the Chicago Bar Association, Justice Hyman has been editor-in-chief of the CBA's flagship magazine for almost 20 years.  He also is a former chair of the Lawyers Conference of the ABA’s Judicial Division, where he initiated Perceptions of Justice to address issues involving the perceptions of the courts by people of color.  He is a frequent lecturer and author (in addition to opinions), and writes a quarterly column for the Chicago Lawyer magazine, Judging History.

 A graduate of Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism and Northwestern School of Law, Justice Hyman served as an Assistant Illinois Attorney General in the Antitrust Division before joining Much Shelist, Chicago, where he managed a nationwide practice in complex litigation until joining the bench.

 He was a member of the Joint Task Force on Limited Scope Representation which, after analyzing issues involving the unbundling of legal services, made a report to the Illinois Supreme Court on rule changes necessary to establish limited scope representation in Illinois.



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