Pamela McLean Meyerson '83 Appointed Cook County Circuit Judge

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The Illinois Supreme Court and Justice Mary Jane Theis announced Tuesday the appointment of attorneys Andrea M. Buford and Pamela McLean Meyerson as Cook County Circuit Judges...the Supreme Court appointed Ms. Meyerson to fill the 11th sub-circuit vacancy created by the retirement of Susan McDunn. The appointment is effective May 30, 2013 and will terminate December 1, 2014, when the position is filled by the 2014 General Election.

Justice Theis recommended the appointments to the Supreme Court and used a bipartisan screening committee to assist her. Both candidates also received a recommended or higher rating by the Alliance of Bar Associations for Judicial Screening.

Justice Theis' judicial screening committee, announced on February 15, is made up of 13 lawyers and one non-lawyer. The committee is co-chaired by retired U.S. District Court Judge Wayne R. Andersen and retired Illinois Appellate Court Justice Michael J. Gallagher.

"Each of the two new judges will bring to that office, fidelity to the law, intelligence and, perhaps most importantly, considerable experience and empathy regarding the difficult circumstances of life that judges resolve every day," Judge Andersen said.

"The two successful candidates went through an extensive vetting process as proposed by Justice Theis," Judge Gallagher said. "We are confident that Ms. Buford and Ms. Meyerson will take their judicial responsibilities very seriously and will live up to the trust placed in them by Justice Theis, the Supreme Court, the Committee and ultimately by the citizens of Cook County"...

Ms. Meyerson received her juris doctor degree from the University of Chicago Law School in 1983, having graduated in the top third of her class. After graduation, Ms. Meyerson worked for two years as an associate with the firm of Antonow & Fink, concentrating in commercial litigation. She also worked as an associate with the firm of Goldberg Kohn Ltd., for four years.

Since 1989, Ms. Meyerson has been a solo practitioner at the Law Office of Pamela McLean Meyerson in Oak Park. She concentrates her practice in civil litigation, business organization and election law. She has also handled cases involving breach of contract, shareholder relations, construction issues, real estate disputes, consumer fraud, fair housing and employment.

Ms. Meyerson is an arbitrator with the Cook County Mandatory Arbitration Program. Over the years she has heard hundreds of cases, often controlling the proceedings and ruling on objections as chair of the panel.

Since 2000, Ms Meyerson has helped teach the Intensive Trial Practice Work at the University of Chicago's Mandel Legal Aid Clinic. The fall workshop uses practicing attorneys to give demonstra-tions, critique and advise students preparing cases for mock trial.

Throughout her legal career, Ms. Meyerson has done pro bono work. More recently, she has helped with criminal record expungement, foreclosure mediations and assisting pro se litigants in Cook County's Fourth Municipal District.

"I'm honored by the Supreme Court justices' confidence in me." Ms. Meyerson said. "I'm committed to showing that their confidence has been well-placed--by being a thoughtful, hard-working, fair and consistent judge."

Under the Illinois Constitution, the Supreme Court fills judicial vacancies by interim appointment until the next election. Traditionally, the three justices from the First Judicial District in Cook County rotate in recommending a candidate to the Court for the appointment.