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Six new Cook County circuit judges named

Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
by Jordyn Reiland

Six new Cook County circuit judges named

By Jordyn Reiland Law Bulletin staff writer
Posted December 19, 2018 12:09 PM
Updated December 19, 2018 4:15 PMThe state Supreme Court this week appointed six attorneys to fill Cook County Circuit Court vacancies.

The high court named Gerardo Tristan Jr., Kerrie E. Maloney Laytin, Sondra N. Denmark, Lynn Weaver Boyle, James T. Derico Jr. and Michael A. Strom to the bench.

Denmark will take the bench Dec. 27, while Strom takes the bench on Jan. 10, Tristan’s and Weaver Boyle’s appointments take effect Jan. 11 and Maloney Laytin and Derico will start one week later on Jan. 18.

“This is the greatest honor that has been bestowed upon me and I am truly humbled. The chance to serve the people of Cook County in this capacity is a privilege that I have worked hard to achieve,” Denmark said in a written statement.

Denmark fills a 2nd Judicial Subcircuit vacancy left by retired circuit judge Alexander P. White. Prior to joining the bench, Denmark spent 13 years as a prosecutor — the past 10 years in Will County and three years before that in Cook County from 2004 to 2007. She also spent time as a sole practitioner.

Tristan was appointed to fill a 14th Judicial Subcircuit vacancy left by retired circuit judge Robert W. Bertucci. He worked as a Cook County prosecutor for 15 years and served as lead trial counsel on a number of criminal cases.

He is also a member of the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois, The Chicago Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association and the Hispanic National Bar Association.

Weaver Boyle, a partner at Grotefeld Hoffmann, will fill an at-large vacancy left by former judge Sebastian T. Patti, who accepted a position as a federal immigration judge in Los Angeles.

“I look forward to serving the citizens of Cook County and will work hard to become an exemplary member of the judiciary,” she said.

Maloney Laytin was appointed to fill the at-large vacancy of circuit judge Carole K. Bellows. Maloney Laytin served as assistant corporation counsel for Chicago’s Law Department before being promoted to senior counsel this year.

She also worked as a staff attorney at LAF and as a trial attorney for the U.S. Justice Department.

“I look forward to serving the people of Cook County as a member of the judiciary,” Maloney Laytin said in a written statement.

Derico Jr. will fill the vacancy of former circuit judge Matthew Coghlan, who lost his retention bid in the November election. He has owned Derico & Associates P.C. since 1992, according to the firm’s website. Earlier, Derico was an associate at Gardner Carton & Douglas and an in-house attorney for Borg-Warner Corp.

Strom is currently a staff attorney for the circuit court’s Legal Research Division. He’s a former president of the Decalogue Society of Lawyers.

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