Illinois State Bar Association lists seven judge candidates in Eighth Judicial District – Muddy River News

QUINCY – Seven candidates for judgeship in the Eighth Judicial District were recently ranked in an advisory survey of attorneys conducted by the Illinois State Bar Association.

Ballots were mailed to all ISBA members who serve or reside in the Eighth Judicial District. The consultation survey was administered by mail and electronically. Licensed Illinois attorneys who are not members of the ISBA or located outside the county could have requested a vote. The results of this survey are being released to the public at the request of Supreme Court Justice Lisa Holder White.

The opinions expressed in the survey are those of the attorneys who chose to respond and do not reflect the opinions of the Illinois State Bar Association or the opinions of all attorneys in Illinois.

Applicants for appointment to the judicial office are:

  • Timothy A. Bass of Springfield, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Central District of Illinois. He prosecuted the cases of three former Illinois Department of Corrections officers – Alex Banta, Todd Sheffler and Willie Hedden – who were convicted of federal civil rights violations and obstruction charges for killing 65-year-old inmate Larry Earvin in Western Illinois Correctional Center in May 2018.
  • Gabriel T. Grosboll of Petersburg, Menard County prosecutor and former general counsel for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
  • Jonathan S. Hoover of Quincy, partner in the firm of Lemon, Matchett and Hoover in Hannibal, Missouri. Hoover previously worked for Schmiedeskamp, ​​Robertson, Neu and Mitchell in Quincy. He is also a professor at Quincy University.
  • Andrew O. Mays of Quincy, an attorney with Mays Law Office since January 2018. Previously, he was an attorney at Hauk & Owens, LLC and Mays, Walden & Anastas, PC
  • Christopher WB Pratt of Quincy, who was named interim chief public defender in Adams County in February and whose interim designation was removed April 1. He has worked in the public defender's office since 2016. He previously worked for Schmiedeskamp, ​​Robertson, Neu and Mitchell for seven years.
  • Casey J. Schnack of Quincy, a 13-year attorney with Schnack Law Offices, PC.
  • Jennifer A. Winking of Quincy, deputy general counsel for the Illinois Executive Ethics Commission. Previously, she served as director of human resources and risk management for the city of Quincy for nine months and was an assistant professor of law at Culver-Stockton College for two years. She was a partner at Scholz, Loos, Palmer, Siebers and Duesterhaus for 25 years.

Lawyers were only asked to respond if they had sufficient knowledge of the candidate's qualifications for judicial office to provide a fair and informed opinion.

The following questions were asked:

In your opinion, in relation to this judicial office and in extrajudicial conduct affecting the judicial office, will the candidate:

  • Integrity: Do you adhere to the high standards of integrity and ethical behavior required of the office?
  • Impartiality: Act and govern impartially and free from any predisposition or undue influence?
  • Legal Skills: Do you have sufficient legal experience, knowledge and skills?
  • Temperament: Exercising the appropriate temperament with courtesy, consideration, firmness, fairness, patience and dignity?
  • Court Management: Do you handle all job duties, including case/client management, and do you complete the work quickly and competently?
  • Health: Do you have the physical, mental and emotional health, stamina and stability required to carry out judicial duties?
  • Sensitivity to Diversity and Bias: Conduct and interact with others appropriately to reduce or eliminate behaviors or expressions that cause bias based on race, gender, national origin, religion, disability, age, sexual orientation or socioeconomic status express to parties, witnesses, etc. Consultant or others?
  • Meets the Requirements of the Position: Do you believe this candidate meets acceptable requirements for the position, considering the candidate's qualifications?

The review board is comprised of non-lawyers and attorneys living in the Eighth Judicial District. The non-lawyer members of the committee are Nicole Kopec, Lee Lindsay, Stacey Juilfs and Eric Sieck. The committee's legal members are attorney Hal Oakley and retired judges Diane Lagoski and Scott Butler. Lagoski is chairman of the committee.

Josh Jones was previously a candidate but was appointed last week to fill the associate district judge position created when Judge Debra Wellborn retires in July. Jones withdrew his name from consideration for this post.

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